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Instead of a game today, I have to tell you about something very important. SOPA and PIPA are two bills in the U.S. Congress and Senate which could potentially destroy the Internet as we know it. Please read this infographic, watch this video, read this newsletter, get mad and then email and phone your representatives. You can make a difference and save the Internet! (Not in the U.S? Sign this petition.)

18 Littlegrey Comments:

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January 20th, 2012 at 8:20 pm wyse says:

"This kind of stuff would never pass"

That's what people were saying until it became clear that it easily could.

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January 20th, 2012 at 8:14 pm Jeihot says:

This kind of stuff would never pass... and even if it did, it wouldn't change much. Internet is a self-governing, self-growing and self-mantaining organism. Just like Freedom.

We in Brazil support anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA campaigns.

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January 19th, 2012 at 1:16 pm J. Woher says:

Steam: Piracy is a service problem, and the way to end it is to provide a better service.

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January 19th, 2012 at 12:51 pm TopMonkey says:

Even if SOPA did in fact stop piracy 100% it's still a bad piece of legislation. It gives others too much control. Freedom of speech is too valuable to be eroded just because the record companies have an issue with piracy. I appreciate their right to make money but that's not a good enough reason to take away my rights which SOPA does. Not only does it take away my rights but it gives more power to the government. I feel they have too much power already.

So for me, it isn't a matter of can they stop it, will technology allow it, will traffic to piracy sites be slowed and not indexed by Google. Those things, the piracy, simply serve to obfuscate what is truly wrong with this bill.

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January 19th, 2012 at 5:04 am wyse says:

I am speaking from a purely technological level. You can not stop digital piracy as long as people have computers on which they can write and install whatever they want.

For instance, regarding your point, there are already browser plugins for every browser that would get around SOPA's DNS blocks should they occur. And this is before SOPA is even a law! The legislative process can not possibly keep up with technology.

January 19th, 2012 at 4:07 am Arogenith says:

@Wyse They won't completely stop it with this act, because you will still be able to go to any website by typing in its IP, however, do you know DYOG's IP? What about Wikipedia's? That's the point, it'll cut down on a lot of traffic, and make those sites invisible to search engines such as Google, therefore stopping new people from finding those websites. You should check out Reddit, as they are the largest site blatantly opposing SOPA, and were the ones who initiated the blackout

January 19th, 2012 at 12:57 am Mick says:

I fully support the fight against SOPA and PIPA. Free uncensored internet forever! F*** those corporations. In fact if you want to do something additional, boycott RIAA, MIAA, Disney, Time Warner and all those other companies pushing for SOPA and PIPA. I know I'll be boycotting them. (And I was already boycotting RIAA and MIAA for their terrorist like actions towards common internet users. Lets hurt them in the wallet. I think that if they pass SOPA and PIPA, the least we could do is organize as many anti-SOPA/PIPA people as we can and collectively agree to boycott all those companies for a year or two. Lets see how they like it when their profits take a hit so hard that they'll WISH they where back to the normal internet with THRICE the piracy, rather then the boycott. I say we should not send a single CENT to any of these companies who try to block our freedom.

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January 18th, 2012 at 9:37 pm Mario_Man says:

I've e-mailed my congressmen, signed numerous petitions and such, and I've joined in on Nika's suggestion of changing my avatar to anti-SOPA/PIPA.
Though, I'll probably hold onto it until after the vote has been completed.

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January 18th, 2012 at 9:27 pm wyse says:

Also the tech industry provides way more wealth and jobs than the entertainment industry, so why do legislators even listen to the entertainment industry? I guess the tech industry is going to need to start giving more campaign contributions (bribes).

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January 18th, 2012 at 9:22 pm wyse says:

I don't believe it's technologically possible to prevent digital piracy as long as people are allowed to have general purpose computers.

A general purpose computer is something like a regular laptop or desktop which you can program to do whatever you want, whereas devices like an iPhone or iPad are not. Those can be jailbroken to become general purpose computers however, which leads to another problem... As long as there are some general purpose computers in existence, other locked down computers can be unlocked.

So ultimately the only way to stop it is to make general purpose computers illegal and to spy on people all the time. I'm sure we can all agree that both of those things are insane. I'd much rather accept the piracy.

January 18th, 2012 at 9:19 pm Rayne Honey says:

Someone needs to make a site for this. Admin? Any suggestions?

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January 18th, 2012 at 6:12 pm pirahna says:

i think what congress is doing is really stupid

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January 18th, 2012 at 5:22 pm TopMonkey says:
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January 18th, 2012 at 3:32 pm nika says:

I don't wanna open a random image on the internet and get this.

January 18th, 2012 at 2:52 pm Arogenith says:

I think DYOG should blackout for the day. Just leave the SOPA links active

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January 18th, 2012 at 2:10 pm J. Woher says:

Was already wondering if you were going for a blackout of the sites, or putting up a post with your point on the matter. These bills certainly are not a joke, and the congressman aren't kidding.

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January 18th, 2012 at 12:46 pm nika says:

We should go all Fight Club on them.
But until we organize ourselves, I'll just change my avatar for the next 24 hours. Who's with me?

*crickets chirping*

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January 18th, 2012 at 12:23 pm TopMonkey says:

Well done admin. I agree completely.

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