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Wikipedia anti-SOPA-PIPA blackout

Wikipedia has decided to protest against SOPA and PIPA by shutting down the English Wikipedia for 24 hours.

  Author: Ruby | Source: wikipedia.org | 18th January 2012  

For those who are not familiar with what SOPA and PIPA are about, in short:

SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA stands for Protect Intellectual Property Act and is highly supported by music and movie industry. These two bills are efforts to stop copyright violation committed by foreign web sites. But as stated by Wikipedia and millions of supporters around the globe, these bills only violate the freedom of speech and expression and are as such harmful to the internet society and everything what Internet stands for.

Click here if you want to know more.

With this 24 hours blackout, Wikipedia wants to demonstrate what kind of an effect can this two bills have for the future of the Internet,  regardless the bills being initiated in United States, it most definitely will effect the rest of the world as well. If you take the fact, that in today's world you get all the information, regardless of them being impeccable or not, served on a silver platter only one click away, for granted - all this can change tomorrow, if for the better or worse, it is for you to decide.

As you might know, Google did not make a firm stand against the two Bills at first, further more, they were even swinging to the dark side a bit, but if you visit Google today you should see the Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web! link so it should be quite obvious, as some may say, they came to their senses and are supporting the cause. They are even encouraging you to address your Congress, regarding the SOPA and IPA Bills, as stated on Google End Piracy, Not Liberty page: "Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S."

Click here for the Web Goes On Stike, a SOPA strike page.

And this is how Mozilla Firefox is supporting the cause.


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NikMan, 19th Jan 2012, 1:09 AM
I allways want to think like boths sides. What are the positive things about new law?
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podtalje, 26th Jan 2012, 9:31 AM
The positive thing is that authors who are creating content should be payed for their work.

But still the system at the moment is not good and most of the profit goes to music labels and similar organizations, which shouldn't be so.

But the biggest problem is the change in the paradigm that people are innocent until proven guilty.
And with SOPA and PIPA the power is now in the hands of specific individuals.
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Erco, 26th Jan 2012, 11:57 AM
I thoroughly support Wikipedia on this, no doubt about that. I don't like acts regarding piracy in general, as they usually tend to act against free resources.
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podtalje, 27th Jan 2012, 3:42 PM
I think it is fair that authors should be payed for their work and generally I am against piracy.

We also already have laws that regulate this. But with SOPA and PIPA
the freedom of speech and Internet integrity is compromised.
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Erco, 28th Jan 2012, 1:48 AM
Ofc that's what I meant. But I just have this strange feeling that all the piracy laws are sort of disputable, let alone SOPA and PIPA.
And I do agree that each of those entrepreneurs should be payed for their job, but I don't mind downloading free music, movies and software at my home. My home is my private space and thus it should be left intact! Nonetheless, Google gave me this today:

Zaradi pritožbe, ki smo jo dobili v okviru US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, smo s te strani odstranili 1 rezultatov. Če želite, si lahko na ChillingEffects.org preberete pritožbo DMCA, ki je povzročila odstranitve.

So when it comes to actually censoring things, it makes me believe that I live in China or sth like that.
So, like I said, GO WIKIPEDIA!

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mat, 28th Jan 2012, 2:10 AM
Hey Erco, what does that paragraph that Google gave you mean?

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Erco, 28th Jan 2012, 3:38 AM
I'm sorry, I should have thought of that. It says:

Because of the complaint we got from US Digital Millenium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result from this page. If you wish, you can read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal at ChillingEffects.org.

It sure as hell looks like censorship to me. It could be that this is something else, but I doubt so.

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podtalje, 29th Jan 2012, 1:25 PM
I must say that I don't agree with your opinion. Even if you use it at your own home, it doesn't make it right because this doesn't change the fact that you are using something that somebody produced and you are using this without paying for it.

The problem with software, music and other digital content is that it is easy to make a copy and technology is making hard to prevent illegal distribution. But as I said this does not justify illegal usage.

On the other hand what bothers me is that today authors receive part of the money as most of it goes to content distributors.

And regarding SOPA and PIPA, we also have laws that are preventing piracy, which are maybe indeed not a effective as they should be. But SOPA and PIPA are pushing things too far and the main principle that you are innocent until proven guilty is being changed. If we allow such things this would be a very bad implication on the freedom we are enjoying today.

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Erco, 29th Jan 2012, 4:39 PM
Of course it's not right, but I think that there should be a leeway for people, because nobody likes restricted access to free resources, especially not at their home. My thinking may not be sophisticated and overly advanced, but tell me it's not true. Therefore my actual opinion is that this is not the right way to deal with piracy. If they want to stop it, they should start wih the companies where it all begins because whatever the fuck they're doing right now it is going to piss people off and that way noone gets the satisfaction.
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Erco, 29th Jan 2012, 4:41 PM
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