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Old 15 January 2012, 16:26   #1
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Exclamation Online Piracy Act: Time For Action

Hello Everyone,
It's my belief that the proposed Protect IP Act (for the US Senate) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (for the US House of Representatives) constitute the greatest threat to the freedom, on-line or otherwise, of ordinary people who live in 'civilised countries' in the last 70 years and should be opposed to the limit of our ability.

In a nut-shell anyone who runs any kind of web-site will be liable to immediate action without warning or appeal should any party claim there is copy-right infringement - no proof of said infringement required, accusation will be enough!
If said site is hosted in the US it will be taken down without warning or black-listed by US servers if hosted elsewhere in the world. (That's before we even get to any potential legal action)
This not only applies to the site's own content but the site will also be liable for the content of any site it links with, and they link with, and they link with...

Madness?
Oh-Yes! But very powerful interest groups in the US are lobbying hard and there is a very good chance one or both of these travesties will become law.

What can we do?

Well, over on reddit.com you can read about a movement to shut down all websites on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC) by way of protest, and also to give an indication to US legislators of how our future internet will look should this legislation go through.

I can't begin to say how strongly I feel that the EAB should take part, and everyone here should do the same with their own sites and pass this information on to as many others as they possibly can.

Further Information:
Wikipedia: Stop Online Piracy Act
redit.com: Stopped they must be; on this all depends
Rasberry Pi (charitable site): Raspberry Pi website to go dark on Jan 18 to protest against SOPA


Sorry chaps that I'm almost never about these days, just too busy, but I had to find time to share this one.
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Old 15 January 2012, 22:02   #2
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I have moved this thread from the News forum whrere it was originally posted to Project.EAB, as all EAB users should see this, but I'm not certain that it's suitable for publication over the entire network.
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Old 15 January 2012, 22:12   #3
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Already have acted on this , it's an outragious law there pushing, and if passed, the intenet will not be worth crap other than advertisment sites and the likes, no free speech or personal opinion , if they don't like it you gone, simply as that, so :

URGE MAJOR WEBSITES TO STRIKE AGAINST SOPA/PIPA:

http://sopastrike.com/

Fight the PROTECT IP ACT Being voted on by the Senate Jan 24, 2012:

Sign the PIPA Petition:

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/protectip_docs

Here are the steps you can take to combat the Stop Online Piracy Act:
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Old 15 January 2012, 22:21   #4
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I think PIPA abbreviation should not be used in Poland.
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Old 16 January 2012, 00:25   #5
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I thought the plan was for sites to have black backgrounds, not for them to go offline entirely...

>This not only applies to the site's own content but the site will also be liable for the content of any site it links with, and they link with, and they link with...

Looks like Google will be banned then ;-)

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I think PIPA abbreviation should not be used in Poland.
Huh!? why!?
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Old 16 January 2012, 00:48   #6
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I don't get that site. What's to stop me adding 'www.microsoft.com' to the list of sites that have agreed to strike?

//edit : I see people already have added nonsense to it. Apparently 'Facebook', 'Google' and 'Twitter' are blacking out on that date. Erm. I don't think they are

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Old 16 January 2012, 01:05   #7
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I thought the plan was for sites to have black backgrounds, not for them to go offline entirely...

>This not only applies to the site's own content but the site will also be liable for the content of any site it links with, and they link with, and they link with...

Looks like Google will be banned then ;-)



Huh!? why!?
pipa=vagina
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Old 16 January 2012, 01:41   #8
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pipa=vagina
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pippa_Middleton

Pray she never visits Poland

On a more serious note... do they really believe the content won't just spring up a minute later on a different server?
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Old 16 January 2012, 03:19   #9
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Already posted the link on my facebook page.
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Old 16 January 2012, 11:02   #10
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What should I put to my website instead of the regular content, then? Is there any common template?
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Old 16 January 2012, 23:30   #11
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SOPA was stopped today already. Next up is PIPA
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...cy-legislation
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Old 17 January 2012, 02:08   #12
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Old 19 January 2012, 22:38   #13
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16642369

pfft.
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Old 20 January 2012, 01:05   #14
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Well it seems they dont give up and are trying to reinstate this shit. People from USA should make their voices heard ASAP.
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at least there's this

[edit] also, Matthias Ortmann? Wasn't he involved with UAE?

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Old 20 January 2012, 14:09   #16
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From Wikipedia:

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Are SOPA and PIPA dead? 

Not at all. SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith stated that the 
House of  Representatives will push the bill forward in 
February. Senate sponsor  Patrick Leahy still plans for
a PIPA vote on January 24.
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[edit] also, Matthias Ortmann? Wasn't he involved with UAE?
Maybe. I read Megaupload's founding was related to demoscene people.
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Old 20 January 2012, 15:03   #18
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Very interesting video.
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rache...-show/46048983
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at least there's this

[edit] also, Matthias Ortmann? Wasn't he involved with UAE?
Seems to have been.
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>SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith

He should change his name to "Lamer Smith" ;-)
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