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So now you too, can have an old man read you name aloud as part of an archaic parliamentary procedure.

While I'm tired of the filibuster being used for EVERYTHING in today's congress, this is the kind of bill it exists to stop, and I hope this senator is successful if it comes to this(as dirty as it makes me feel to endorse this trick).

Anyone want to record C-Span when this happens and see if they can pick out our names?
*Bump*
Colbert had an interesting discussion on this last night:

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/403465/december-01-2011/stop-online-piracy-act?xrs=share_copy

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/403466/december-01-2011/stop-online-piracy-act---danny-goldberg---jonathan-zittrain?xrs=share_copy

I should also point out that Colbert is not the first in the media to talk about this issue. The first was the evil socialist Keith Olbermann on the evil socialist network "Current TV" for far-left liberal facists.
DShiznit, you must have loved that study that showed Fox News viewers to be less informed than people who watch no news at all. Wink I hope that the movement to stop this bill is continuing to gain momentum; I haven't heard much about it in the past week or so.
KermMartian wrote:
DShiznit, you must have loved that study that showed Fox News viewers to be less informed than people who watch no news at all. Wink I hope that the movement to stop this bill is continuing to gain momentum; I haven't heard much about it in the past week or so.


While I know intellectually I shouldn't apply emotion to data at all, I did find it satisfying. However I've also seen studies that show that viewers of other major media networks are similarly misinformed, so I shouldn't get a big head. I've also found myself correcting my younger brother when he goes off the hook reflecting something I've said or heard on the news.

Anyway, regarding this bill, I would like to see them try to put 14-year-old girls in prison. There would be Tahrir Square-style public outcry as the first images of girls in hello kitty t-shirts and handcuffs starting hitting the airwaves.
*Bump* Most of you should already know about/have this or something like it, but for those of you who may be as of yet unaware:

http://www.ilovemafiaafire.net/MAFIAAFire-mir/wall-of-text-3.php
Wikipedia is considering blanking every page for a day in protest of SOPA. I think it's an amazing idea.

http://torrentfreak.com/wikipedia-mulls-total-blackout-to-oppose-sopa-111212/
I believe even Mozilla is fighting against SOPA.
We are the pirates and SOPA wants us dead? Not gonna happen. Razz
yeongJIN_COOL wrote:
I believe even Mozilla is fighting against SOPA.
We are the pirates and SOPA wants us dead? Not gonna happen. Razz
By that logic, every American and every consumer is a pirate. No thanks.
I was just referring to the song that I just remembered XP (Yar har fiddle-dee-dee...)
wait, SOPA wants every American dead?
KermMartian wrote:
Wikipedia is considering blanking every page for a day in protest of SOPA. I think it's an amazing idea.

http://torrentfreak.com/wikipedia-mulls-total-blackout-to-oppose-sopa-111212/


Jimbo Wales is gonna troll himself? Oh this I have to see...

EDIT-

http://www.getyourcensoron.com/

(not enough time has elapsed to warrant a bump so I'm amending this here)
It's been well over a day, it would have been fine in my book Smile However, with just the URL on it's own, I would have edited it into the post just like you did. So, both work out I suppose.
I thought the same, but I figure it's generally a good idea to act on the assumption that that management here will be a good deal more strict than I would.

Anyway, I'm disappointed MSNBC hasn't been talking about this at all. They're supposed to be the "liberal hippie douchebags" that protest corporations and their "evil", yet they seem to be under corporate influence all the same.
How can a corporation be against the idea of corporations? Of course they're influenced by other corporations: Their goal is to make money, not make political statements. They only make political statements because it makes them money.

And that's not the same thing as being evil.

But to get back OT, I think the first amendment needs to be revised to include separation of not only church and state, but internet as well.

Some people worship the internet, after all Wink
Joy, today is the markup of the bill! I wonder how this will go...
Here's an interesting article about someone who helped invent the modern internet:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57344028-281/vint-cerf-sopa-means-unprecedented-censorship-of-the-web/
Haha! More and more people are going against this! Wonderful!

With more people like that going against SOPA it should really affect the outcome.

I really think that this SOPA bill is really dumb. Isn't like only 2% of the film/music industry's profit lost to pirating? >.> I am pretty sure that SOPA would make it even worse..
qazz42 wrote:
Haha! More and more people are going against this! Wonderful!

With more people like that going against SOPA it should really affect the outcome.

I really think that this SOPA bill is really dumb. Isn't like only 2% of the film/music industry's profit lost to pirating? >.> I am pretty sure that SOPA would make it even worse..


The exact amount of losses are not(and never will be) clear. There is no meaningful way of measuring their profit loss to piracy as it is impossible to determine how many pirated downloads would have been purchased legitimately had the free alternatives not been available. The entertainment industry would prefer to think that it's because of rampant piracy that they aren't succeeding, rather than it being their own fault for making s***ty products.
Well, after signing some SOPA petition, I've been getting emails on this thing, and I got one today that may at least show some progress (thought it'd be interesting to share):

Quote:
Ashbad,

Holy moly. We did it -- at least for now. The House Judiciary Committee looked certain to vote for the Stop Online Piracy Act today.

Instead, because of the work of so many rank-and-file Internet users, the bill's lead sponsor acknowledged that our concerns are legitimate, and adjourned the committee without holding a vote!

Of course, there's always more to be done. Will you shoot a quick email to Harry Reid to tell him to stop pushing the Senate version of the bill? He's threatening to call a vote in January.

Here's Wired's take on what went down:

The House Judiciary Committee considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act to the House floor abruptly adjourned Friday with no new vote date set a surprise given that the bill looked certain to pass out of committee today.

It's amazing work: Politicians are, for the first time, having to contend with the Internet as a political force -- and we might actually win.

But now we need to focus attention back on the Senate, where Marjority Leader Harry Reid says the PROTECT IP Act will be the first bill he calls for a vote next year.

Will you let him and your Senators know that they need to stop pushing this legislation? It's an election year, and they don't want to do any heavy lifting. Pushing hard now could get them to back down altogether.

Keep up the great work.

-Demand Progress
DShiznit wrote:
The exact amount of losses are not(and never will be) clear. There is no meaningful way of measuring their profit loss to piracy as it is impossible to determine how many pirated downloads would have been purchased legitimately had the free alternatives not been available. The entertainment industry would prefer to think that it's because of rampant piracy that they aren't succeeding, rather than it being their own fault for making s***ty products.


I might as well say it now. The only three rational possibilities I can think of in light of everything that has happened since the 1800s:

1) They (MPAA, et. al.) have a severe incapability and/or outright refusal to demonstrate the basic, common human traits of rational reasoning skills and learning from mistakes and history,

2) They do not actually care about piracy, merely using it to conceal an agenda of gaining wealth via illegitimate means and destroying the United States and everything it stands for, replacing its government with themselves,

3) both of the above.

And they sure have never appeared to make any attempt to show credible, compelling evidence that would allow one to come to any other conclusion.

(Could you guys give me a sanity check with this post? I've been needing to watch myself lately.)
I think it's really a less-sinister combination of the two. They don't understand how piracy works, who does it, how it really affects them, and they don't understand why their products don't always sell. So they connect the two, and fight as hard as they can to end the former, in the hopes that the latter will improve. Even if they're wrong about this connection, the effort would still result in more power for them, which could translate into more money.
  
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