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Today, thousands of websites (the largest being Wikipedia) were blacked out in protest of the controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act) bills going through congress in the United States. Their aim is to stop copyright infringement but instead, they will destroy the very freedom of the internet. This doesn’t just affect people in the United States but everybody in the world. Fansites like this one simply wouldn’t be able to exist if these bills were passed. You can read more about the situation on the Stop American Censorship website and by watching the video below:

The major players supporting the bills obviously include the MPAA and the RIAA. The opponents include Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, Yahoo and many other high profile companies.



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  1. Gate
    ACTA was signed in September of 2011 by the United States. However, it won't start until the Senate ratifies it, which you better f**king help everyone tell them no.
  2. Nightlord
    ACTA is apparently being voted on tonight.



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    If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has already been signed by several countries, poses a dangerous threat to the inherent freedom and openess of the Internet. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be given more power to track what we do online, while forcing them to turn over our information and reporting our activity to the authorities -- all in the name of copyright protection! While we respect the rights of creators, ACTA's ill-conceived provisions will have chilling effects on free speech everywhere.

    The European Parliament still has to approve ACTA for it to go into effect around the world. If they vote NO, then ACTA will be effectively dismantled -- even in countries that have already signed it. We helped bring down SOPA and PIPA, now let's turn the fight to ACTA. Call on the EU Parliament to take a stand and vote “NO” on ACTA!


    Dropping by to spread the word.
    http://i604.photobucket.com/albums/tt123/XXXpredALIEN/1326316561673.jpg

    Hell yeah, stop this madness it makes SOPA redundant in comparsion.
  3. Purebreedalien
    ACTA is apparently being voted on tonight.



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    If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has already been signed by several countries, poses a dangerous threat to the inherent freedom and openess of the Internet. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be given more power to track what we do online, while forcing them to turn over our information and reporting our activity to the authorities -- all in the name of copyright protection! While we respect the rights of creators, ACTA's ill-conceived provisions will have chilling effects on free speech everywhere.

    The European Parliament still has to approve ACTA for it to go into effect around the world. If they vote NO, then ACTA will be effectively dismantled -- even in countries that have already signed it. We helped bring down SOPA and PIPA, now let's turn the fight to ACTA. Call on the EU Parliament to take a stand and vote “NO” on ACTA!


    Dropping by to spread the word.
  4. KirklandSignature
    Amazing how things change. I suppose politicians do have minds of their own.


    If you believe that(politicians having minds of their own) then your foolish. Every politician is under the control of some lobbyist who are well versed in the act of persuading AKA bribing them with money,little boys ect...at least in the US of A.
    Aside from the general knowledge that lobbying is a big part of the American political system, how exactly do you plan on backing up this wildly ludicrous claim?

    I disagree, strongly.

    Congressmen and women want to stay in office, so if they're constituents get pissed, they'll change their minds on the issue if they want to keep their jobs (in the long term.)  You can watch this happen, as it did above and does all of the time.

    Wait, did you actually say "little boys?"

    Yeah I remember the last media scandal where a congressman was busted for being bribed by a lobbyist with little boys. ::)



    Twas a joke? It might ring true for certain congressmen in the US state of Pennsylvania. Rumor has it that a charity run by a former college coaching assistant pimped out underage kids to the highest bidder that could very well be high up government officials in the state.
  5. Raku
    I don't normally share the emails I get, but I think this is important to share.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    Seriously though, almost all politicians have a price tag. It's sad, but that's the truth =/
  6. DoomRulz
    Amazing how things change. I suppose politicians do have minds of their own.


    If you believe that(politicians having minds of their own) then your foolish. Every politician is under the control of some lobbyist who are well versed in the act of persuading AKA bribing them with money,little boys ect...at least in the US of A.

    I think you're foolish considering you misspelt "you're" but with a claim like that, it's not surprising.
  7. Valaquen
    i bet all of those shat a real brick when wikipedia went down and they couldn't use any social site to waste time during sessions.

    any of you watched the first hearing? i didn't think US congressmen and women could be that infantile. they spent 45 minutes clearing up on the use of the word "offended". at a point they were so confused by how the technology involved works they all yielded and only two people were paraphrasing what an expert called in said. and at the end they suspended the discussion to order pizza.

    funniest shit i've ever seen.
    That's equal amounts hilarious and depressing.
    I guess they were getting their vegetables in at the end, there.
  8. First Blood
    Amazing how things change. I suppose politicians do have minds of their own.


    If you believe that(politicians having minds of their own) then your foolish. Every politician is under the control of some lobbyist who are well versed in the act of persuading AKA bribing them with money,little boys ect...at least in the US of A.

    Not every politician is a mustache twirling villain or some puppet only looking out for their self-interests. There are a lot of good people on Capital Hill who are truly trying to make a difference. 

  9. RagingDragon
    Amazing how things change. I suppose politicians do have minds of their own.


    If you believe that(politicians having minds of their own) then your foolish. Every politician is under the control of some lobbyist who are well versed in the act of persuading AKA bribing them with money,little boys ect...at least in the US of A.
    Aside from the general knowledge that lobbying is a big part of the American political system, how exactly do you plan on backing up this wildly ludicrous claim?

    I disagree, strongly.

    Congressmen and women want to stay in office, so if they're constituents get pissed, they'll change their minds on the issue if they want to keep their jobs (in the long term.)  You can watch this happen, as it did above and does all of the time.

    Wait, did you actually say "little boys?"

    Yeah I remember the last media scandal where a congressman was busted for being bribed by a lobbyist with little boys. ::)
  10. chupacabras acheronsis
    i bet all of those shat a real brick when wikipedia went down and they couldn't use any social site to waste time during sessions.

    any of you watched the first hearing? i didn't think US congressmen and women could be that infantile. they spent 45 minutes clearing up on the use of the word "offended". at a point they were so confused by how the technology involved works they all yielded and only two people were paraphrasing what an expert called in said. and at the end they suspended the discussion to order pizza.

    funniest shit i've ever seen.
  11. Gate

    MegaUpload - Closed.
    - FileServe - Closing does not sell premium.
    - FileJungle - Deleting files. Locked in the U.S..
    - UploadStation - Locked in the U.S..
    - FileSonic - the news is arbitrary (under FBI investigation).
    - VideoBB - Closed! would disappear soon.
    - Uploaded - Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone.
    - FilePost - Deleting all material (so will leave executables, pdfs, txts)
    - Videoz - closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA.
    - 4shared - Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.
    - MediaFire - Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors pro FBI
    -Org torrent - could vanish with everything within 30 days "he is under criminal investigation"
    - Network Share mIRC - awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate Torrente everything.
    - Koshiki - operating 100% Japan will not join the SOUP / PIPA
    - Shienko Box - 100% working china / korea will not join the SOUP / PIPA
    - ShareX BR - group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOUP / PIPA
  12. Shobidoo
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    OPEN would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC) instead of the Justice Department, focuses on foreign-based websites, includes an appeals process, and would apply only to websites that "willfully" promote copyright violation.
    Depending on how well this is defined, I would totally support OPEN.
  13. The Golden Fox
    Twitter is alive with the news that SOPA is dead.

    The bill has apparently been pulled.

    http://mashable.com/2012/01/20/sopa-is-dead-smith-pulls-bill/

    EDIT: By eck! I should have read the last page.

    I wouldn't lower my guard just yet.

    Also, let's not let our 'winning high' (If we really did 'win') let us forget about ACTA.



    Not sure if this requires its own thread.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement
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