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SOPA, PIPA Protests Raise Awareness

January 20, 2012 by  

SOPA, PIPA Protests Raise Awareness

Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act warned on Thursday — a day after many Internet companies shut down in protest of the bills — that though awareness and discontent with the bills is heightened, the fight continues.

After receiving emails and petitions from thousands of Internet users, lead sponsors of the bills have promised to make changes and are expected to remove the most controversial provision, which would allow Internet service providers to block access to foreign-based piracy sites, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Websites such as Reddit and Wikipedia temporarily shut down to oppose SOPA and PIPA. As a result, more than 162 million people saw the protest message on Wikipedia and other sites.

According to PC World, 18 Senators have backed away from the proposed legislation, and 4.5 million people signed a petition against the acts.

The next Senate vote for PIPA is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • simian pete

    I wanted to look up some info on Seymour Cray, the SuperComputer pioneer who passed away back in the 1990′s. So I went to Google and they had the “GOOGLE” logo blacked out (but you could still use the search) …

    SO I googled “Seymour Cray” and clicked the Wikipedia hyperlink. For about second the Wikipedia entry on Mr. Cray was shown, then my browser had some dumbass message cover over the info I needed. So what I did was click the “Save As” on the “File” menu item and saved the page….

    Internet Explorer saved the Wikipedia entry on Seymour Cray … not the blocking screen. So you can get around it that way , just in case Wikipedia tries that stupid stunt again ….

    • Rick

      Not a stupid stunt. These kinds of protests are needed. There is a lot of bull—- propaganda out there. Like from the America hating US Chamber of Commerce that unfortunately reaches more people than this blog. Their email subscribers received a big lie saying that this wouldn’t be internet censorship. Of course, they lie all the time. Their email subscribers have been told that eliminating paying corporations to send jobs out of the country would be a tax increase, and that free trade with Korea and others would create jobs instead of destroying jobs, etc.

      • BSG

        I agree, a much more effective protest tactic than living in a tent on some street corner.

    • Rick

      Not a stupid stunt. These kinds of protests are needed. There is a lot of bullcrap propaganda out there. Like from the America hating US Chamber of Commerce that unfortunately reaches more people than this blog. Their email subscribers received a big lie saying that this wouldn’t be internet censorship. Of course, they lie all the time. Their email subscribers have been told that eliminating paying corporations to send jobs out of the country would be a tax increase, and that free trade with Korea and others would create jobs instead of destroying jobs, etc.

    • Alex Frazier

      It wasn’t a stupid stunt. They made a stand. I called my Rep. and both of my Senators to complain about the legislation.

      • Robert Smith

        Ummmmm, Folks,

        OK, you don’t like the legislation. I get that. I actually understand the point that it can be considered the nose of the camel.

        Now, does anyone have a solution for the piracy that’s going on?

        Taking an artist’s work without paying for it is stealing.


        • DaveH

          Seriously? You have to ask that? If they know a website is breaking the law, they don’t need the power to shut down the Internet. They can simply get a court order and go after the actual law-breakers.
          This is simply an effort by Government to give them the power to intimidate whole service providers whom they may not like for one reason or another, like this site for instance.
          They’ve been trying to accomplish that task ever since I can remember, using the child-porn excuse, Internet Terrorism excuse, etc.
          Government always has sweet-sounding excuses for their self-serving efforts.

      • eddie47d

        I’ve signed several petitions against SOPA yet I know Americans love pirating other peoples works. Whether it’s downloading music or recording movies. Some love bad behavior and take the challange every chance they get. Computer hackers quite often do it for fun and end up doing harm to others. Where do we draw the line between right and wrong/stealing? SOPA needs to be rewritten but must also benefit smaller venues that have companies on the Internet.

  • s c

    I have a question for those who voted for the ‘guy’ in the White House. Is this what he meant when he said he’d UNITE America? Is this part of hope and change? Is this what it means to ‘transform’ America?
    Now I want to address the dead voters who helped put the Chicago guy into the W H. You’re dead. Stay that way – or else.
    I just can’t get it through my head that we could get stuck with someone whose knowledge of English is SO bad that he doesn’t understand basic word meanings. I suspect that he was promoted so many times (and never deserved it), and this is why his
    ego grows on a daily basis (much like a noxious weed).
    I see no advantage to living in la la land. I see no advantage to having a prez who blends a warped version of ‘loving’ America with a unique way of hating America at the same time. It’s almost as though this is a bad dream that will go away as soon as we wake up. Is it still ‘legal’ to wake up?
    If it’s not ‘legal’ to wake up, does it need to be said that America is in DEEP stuff because we have a criminal anti-leader and a criminal administration in Washington?

    • Romatic Violence

      “criminal anti-leader”? I agree with most of what you express however, a ‘leader’? Do people, of sound mind and body, need a ‘leader’? Isn’t ‘leaders’ who have misguided people to this point of contention in the first place? Isn’t it ‘leaders’ who act in their own self-interests at the expense of people? People honestly know what is in their best interests. Please read Augusto Sandino.

  • Alex Frazier

    Like most other legislation, these bills are allegedly intended to protect, but like most other legislation, the only result will be government intrusion.

    I for one don’t want the government’s dirty little fingers anywhere near this pie. It starts with these simple things. Then before you know it we’ll be paying 41¢ per email to help subsidize a failing Post Office that can’t pay it’s bills because of the Union, uncompetitive wages, below market prices, and bad business practices in general. They’ll start monitoring what you’re looking at. They’ll start blocking stuff they don’t think you should be allowed to look at. And ultimately, they’ll destroy what has become the new bastion of free press, not yet currently bought and paid for to tell the news the government wants us to hear.

    I don’t care what reason they have. They need to keep their hands off the internet.

    • Rick

      I entirely agree this is unworthy intrusion. But, the Post Office’s money woes are due to Congress draining their money and tying their hands. They get no tax-payer money and are not likely to. I worked for the Postal Service for years before I got a good job – their wages are not that good.

      • Alex Frazier

        My father works for the Post Office. I don’t know where you live (perhaps your local cost of living is such that most non-government workers are paid roughly the same), but their wages here are almost twice that of a normal competitive wage, barring the salaries of union jobs. While your average textile type worker makes $12-$15, the Postal folks are making upwards of $25. They also get paid overtime for anything over 8 hours in a day rather than over 40 hours in the week.

        And yes, Congress has a lot to do with why the Post Office isn’t being run in the best possible way. The union has a lot to do with the rest of why the Post Office isn’t being run in the best possible way. When you have prices regulated too low by Congress and wages contractually inflated by the union, the result is bankruptcy.

        For the record, the Post Master General had a hearing in Congress asking for money. While I realize and support that the Post Office more or less handles its own expenses, don’t kid yourself into thinking that the Post Office doesn’t get tax payer money. They do.

      • DaveH

        According to this article:
        “The United States Postal Service has lost over $20 billion since 2006 and is projected to lose another $8 billion this year. Government Mail is about to max out its $15 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury, and it faces $66 billion in unfunded obligations due to excessive labor costs. With more and more people using email, sending text messages and paying their bills online, the Postal Service’s long-term prospects are undeniably bleak”.

    • eddie47d

      The Post Office pays much less than UPS Alex and the benefits although good not as good as UPS. The union didn’t create the Postal problem so that is a lame blame game. Postal Management(Postmasters) are stubborn about making changes and moving the system forward. I believe there is a competitive clause that the Post Office has to abide by where they can’t take away from a similar private business. Thus they stagnate.

      • DaveH

        Since we all know money doesn’t grow on trees, where exactly do you think the higher Union wages come from, Eddie?
        Add to that the fact that protected workers obviously aren’t going to work as hard as unprotected workers, so their productivity generally lags.
        When one class of people get special benefits, they always come at the expense of those outside the class.

  • Sirian

    This is nothing more than another politically polished attempt for further control. First NDAA, now SOPA and PIPA. If it can not be seen for what it truly is then grab some political Vision – you really need it.

    • Sirian

      Correction – VISINE, not Vision. My frustration has more radical control of my fingers than I realized.

  • Ted Crawford

    This type of legislation is what I’ve come to expect from the Progressives, my concern is the large number of “Conservatives?”, that signed on to these agregious bills! They seem to have forgotten their mandate!
    I’ll agree with Mr. Jefferson!, “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first objective” and “A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserve neither”

    • DaveH

      It’s really very simple, Ted. Most human beings want more than they have. Politicians are no exception to that. But, in their case, they have been ceded the Power of Force by the apathetic citizens, so the ability to feather their own nests has been greatly increased.
      Knowing that reality, the worst kind of people strive to attain those positions of Power. Given that, it’s no wonder DC is staffed with more Sociopaths than the average occupation.
      We all need to wake up and face the fact that we’ve been hoodwinked:

  • cawmun cents

    I wonder how Lars Ulrich and Julian Assand feel about this.
    It occurs to me that the word piracy involves someone stealing from someone else.Now that does have connotations of bad feelings from many to whom pirates are their favorite team.
    Sorry Pittsburg!
    While I would defend the right of others to obtain information freely,via Pirate Bay,it must be duly noted that by merely removing the P from the word Pirate,it causes one to become irate.
    Irritation is the flavor of the day.
    Scribes do not like anyone stealing from them.You must pay for rumor and innuendo,just like the high prices of any other lies.(Politicians,listen up!)
    Information can only be seen as free when you dont pay for it.
    Someone,somewhere always pays for it.
    The film industry continually profits from fooling your eyes,much like politicians do.It is any wonder then,that these knowledges come like classes at a major university,at premium prices?Is it a mystery that someone who profits fron rumor and innuendo,wants others to pay for it instead of obtaining it for free?
    When I say free,I mean of course,after having paid for internet services.We wouldnt want to be seen as having doulble charged someone for information,while having heavily taxed it from both ends now would we?
    Why that alone could be seen as an act of piracy.
    Think of it.
    How many places does information go to before it gets to you at the other end of the system?How often has it been edited for quality assurance?How much of a take gets left on the cutting room floor,before you pay for it twice?
    What we have here ladies and gentlemen,is a condition of some who are getting left out of their slice of pie,getting angry with those who are gobbling it up before its done baking in the oven.
    I guess it depends on what side of the fence you stand on.
    If the artistic lisence of rumor and innuendo are so valuable as to incite legislation over,then you see this as stealing.
    If you see it as being charged twice for edited facts,then you may see the piracy as having already being committed.Those who are doing the charging dont like their right to charge you to be violated.
    Of course this would affect their payscale if it went unabated.
    But in todays world it seems as if many have had their payscale affected.But dammit!,it better not be the Scribes.That would be wrong.
    Have you ever noticed how much they want to keep their high rates of pay,while the common man dwindles away in poverty?
    I am a politician/actor/academic/taxman/artist,and what I do is important.Piracy can come to you the merchant,and it wont effect me,but if that same piracy comes to me then I will create legislation to ban it from existence.
    How quaint.
    How subtle.
    How coy.
    But let us not make charges that we cannot find respectable our information highway and those who wish to profit from its control.
    First,examine just exactly who is sponsoring this legislation,then quietly decide if you perceive piracy to be occuring or not.

  • Ol504Troop

    C’mon folks, this is just like gun control – the laws are there if the appropriate agencies just DO their jobs. The case yesterday where the Feds shut down Megaupload is a prime example. These people were blatantly ignoring copyright laws costing artists a lot of money. Yeah it ticked off a lot of OWS types who think everything should be free, but those same people would scream bloody murder if someone stole THEIR money.

    • DaveH

      It’s ironic that the Hollywood Liberals, who think our money should be Government’s money, fight so hard to preserve their own.

    • john j

      Do you really believe the news networks or do you not know who really owns these purveyors of spin, lies, misrepresentations, etc… From what I see coming out of Hollyweird it would not bother me at all if the entire industry was flushed away…they are overpaid & whine when they are allegedly taken advantage of…give the people some “value” for their money not warped BS…I pay for all my Netflix movies, but I ain’t happy with the service or choices after their price hike…a typical example of the greed in this industry…

  • Dave Reinhart

    The senate is backing away for now but once they pass a softer version of the law it will serve as a framework to eventually make it into the restrictive law they first proposed. Why do we need a new law? We already have piracy laws.

    This is just another assault on our freedom.


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