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Discussion in 'Politics and Current Affairs' started by EarlyMon, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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  2. swc2001

    swc2001 Android Expert

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  3. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    Internet piracy doesn't do nearly as much damage as they claim it does. Screw SOPA/PIPA.
  4. swc2001

    swc2001 Android Expert

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  5. incredible x4

    incredible x4 Well-Known Member

    I've been watching XDA for a few minutes. They're getting 20 - 30 names per second on their pledge. If that rate keeps up they will be back online in a couple of hours. They only need about 10k more names at 11:53am eastern time to reach their goal of 50k.

    Edit: It actually looks like that XDA will be back up before 1 o'clock eastern time right now. They only need about 5k more names.

    Edit2: Well XDA is back. Just under 5 hours for over 50,000 names. That's pretty impressive.
  6. karandpr

    karandpr Android Expert

    Wordpress has turned off freshly pressed and has allowed us bloggers to turn blackout our blogs .Bloggers have freedom to protest now . (A choice of blackout ,banner or nothing ) :)
  7. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    I've gone black for this cause. :cool:
  8. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    I find it interesting that Wikipedia blocked their full site but left their mobile site operating without restriction. I've been able to check info today on Wikipedia's mobile site.

    The one problem I have with this protest is that it's not being handled correctly. Blocking all of these sites impacts citizens in general... it doesn't have nearly the direct impact on Congress. Members of Congress don't typically research... they have staff who do the research for them. And most of their staffers can easily go to the Library of Congress for the information they need.

    All blocking these sites really accomplishes is inconveniencing citizens... and, hopefully, annoying them to the point of complaining to Congress about SOPA/PIPA. And as I think EM has previously stated, all Congress will ultimately do is drop the SOPA/PIPA acts and quietly attach them as riders to other bills. They do this on a regular basis to sneak things past the American public. The bigger question is how to we stop them from doing that?
  9. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User

    It isn't just being aware, people need to take action. I have signed Google's petition. Every signature helps, and everyone that cares about freedom on the Internet should sign at least 1 of the petitions also.

    Not that politicians care about what we want anyways, all they usually care about is their bribes from lobbyist groups like the MPAA, but at least we can hope that with enough support they will listen and do the right thing!

    Google's petition here, don't forget to share the page on all of your social networks!
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  10. pockings

    pockings Well-Known Member

  11. gallandof

    gallandof Android Expert

    although not much, I know a lot of friends as well as I have "gone black" in support of anti-SOPA protests
  12. ErisDroid?

    ErisDroid? Well-Known Member

  13. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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  14. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Congress, free in the Market.

    Write your congresscritters.
  15. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    Blocking the webpages has a special significance. Yes, it only harms the average citizen. But the American populous is a very reactive bunch. Rarely are we ever proactive. So the blackout was to show what is to come, to activate the reactive side in all of us. There are only a few of the websites that participated in the blackout that actually tried to explain this. XDA did a poor job, but at least attempted and directed people to the EFF, which did a better job. TheOatmeal.com blacked out in protest of SOPA / PIPA - The Oatmeal had a funny little GIF that did a decent job. Google did the worst job, by not explaining anything and just blacking out the Google logo.

    But that was the point, I thought. To get people motivated now, instead of when it's too late. But yes, it will probably be put into a rider on a defense spending bill or something like that. But not until after elections, I'm sure.
  16. G.Armour

    G.Armour You know you want to.

    I hope everyone participates in this, the last thing we need is the internet being censored by the government.
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  17. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

  18. Mobstergunz

    Mobstergunz Android Expert

    Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already opp
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  19. Mobstergunz

    Mobstergunz Android Expert

    the government is trying to censor the internet.... sites like this one "Android Fourms" maybe a target for mentioning things that go against the mobile and entertainment industries don't let them silence us

    click one of the links below to tell the government to not censor the internet


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  20. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    I'm sorry but, in my opinion, blocking web pages is a knee-jerk reaction to a much bigger problem. Most people will not do much beyond complaining about the inconvenience.

    Whether it happens now, next year, or the year after is likely immaterial. It will, in all likelihood, happen. What we, as a nation, need to do is to close these Congressional loopholes and that typically takes a constitutional amendment. As the character "V" once said: "People should not be afraid of their Government. Government should be afraid of the people". Congress isn't afraid of us... personally I think that Congress does not particularly pay attention to us.

    To stop bad legislation like SOPA/PIPA, we first need to put fear back into Congress. That, in and of itself, will be difficult to do until people become more willing to rock the boat. How do we do this? Maybe we start by voting 1/2 of Congress out of office in 2012... Granted this might not initially get their attention but if we did this again at the next Congressional election, I suspect they'd get the message.

    Revolution is an ugly thing... but sometimes all it takes is a well placed wake-up call!
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  21. B2L

    B2L Android Expert

    It's pretty ridiculous, I called my local rep and this is what they told me. "Thank you for giving us your opinion on SOPA, blah blah blah, we appreciate your opinion, and are going to do our best to listen to the opinions from the community. We neither support SOPA, and are not against the bill either. We will try our best to make a decision on what you have to say."

    So basically, they say that they will actually listen. But It's likely they will just ignore it, and go with their personal opinion on it. It's days like this that cause me to have absolutely no hope, or pride in our legal system.
  22. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Was that a recorded response? :eek::thinking::rolleyes:

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