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Please Help Stop the SOPA/PIPA bill! End Piracy, Not Liberty

 
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GabbySkellington


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:08:15 pm    Post subject: Please Help Stop the SOPA/PIPA bill! End Piracy, Not Liberty Reply with quote

I've already posted this on this GuestBook, but I'm posting it again here in case no-one sees it...

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Hello! I'm here to warn you of something EXTREMELY important, but I didn't know how to contact the site's owners so here we go...

I'm here to ask for you to sign the STOP SOPA/PIPA petition.
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a law to track down and block sites that contain copyrighted content. Stopping piracy is a good thing, but NOT THIS WAY!

It may block a lot of sites, including Fan-made ones! Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, DeviantART, FanFiction.net, Reddit and even THIS ONE could be BLOCKED!

"Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
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 oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.

More about SOPA and PIPA
Members of Congress are trying to do the right thing by going after pirates and counterfeiters but SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to do it.

1. SOPA and PIPA would censor the Web
The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results. That’s why 41 human rights organizations and 110 prominent law professors have expressed grave concerns about the bills.

2. SOPA and PIPA would be job-killers because they would create a new era of uncertainty for American business
Law-abiding U.S. internet companies would have to monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation. That’s why AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to Congress saying these bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.” It’s also why 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness”. More than 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”.

3. SOPA and PIPA wouldn’t stop piracy
To make matters worse, SOPA and PIPA won’t even work. The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control.

There are effective ways to combat foreign “rogue” websites dedicated to copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting, while preserving the innovation and dynamism that have made the Internet such an important driver of American economic growth and job creation. Congress should consider alternatives like the OPEN Act , which takes targeted and focused steps to cut off the money supply from foreign pirate sites without making US companies censor the Web."

- Google


I BEG you to sign!
There was a debate about it on DeviantART and this was my comment:

"Last time I checked we were in 2012, not 1984.

Yes, stopping internet piracy is a good thing, but not like THIS! For me, the term "piracy" is any stolen content that is being used for personal gain.
But SOPA/PIPA would mean taking down FanArt and FanFictions! FanArt is a way of us, people, showing how much we love a certain TV show/book/song/etc, and even to meet people who love the same things as us. We're NOT making money out of it!

Who made these laws are selfish greedy people who just want more money and don't care about us or the sake of the Internet. They do not need to come to such extreme measures like they're doing. THINK of other ways to stop piracy without having to damage our freedom and the very internet itself!

What am I going to do if they block FanArt sites and stop us from being able to do FanArt? It must sound ridiculous, but my hobbies are pretty much based on that."



Petition -->Click here!

There are also a lot of other petitions to stop SOPA/PIPA around the internet, but I think that's the most important one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:50:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I signed it. :p
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:53:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I signed aswell!!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:35:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will sign it too.

Also someone keeps spaming the message boards and I am sick of it.
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