SOPA & PIPA Could Not Only Cripple The Internet, But It Could Cripple The World Economy Too

SOPA & PIPA Could Not Only Cripple The Internet, But It Could Cripple The World Economy Too

Written Wednesday, January 18, 2012 By Dan Webb
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Quick! Some of the internet’s biggest websites like Wikipedia are supporting the anti-SOPA movement today by “blacking out” their services for one day only to show their disgust at the proposed US legislation. Let’s jump on the bandwagon and write something about it… That’s how it works, right?

"Wikipedia is leading the blackout anti-SOPA movement today."

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), plan to stifle the internet as we know it and set the world back tens of years. That’s obviously not its intention – its intention is to protect the intellectual properties of others – but the poorly drafted bill, that seems like its been penned by someone who’s never used the internet before and is taking backhanders from the music and film industries, is going to do just that.

SOPA grants copyright holders and the US government the ability to seek out court orders against online properties – US-based, “US-directed” (which is essentially most Western sites) and foreign websites – who are associated with copyright infringement and the like. If found guilty of said infringement, websites could be blocked by ISPs and be de-indexed from search engines like Google. Hell, they can even be prevented from making use of such online services like PayPal, which could be fundamental to their wellbeing. Not only does this draconian proposal set to change the internet as we know it, but it’s going to send catastrophic ripples throughout the world in the same way that throwing a meteorite the size of Texas into the Atlantic Ocean would. It’s like staring down the barrel of a gun with an adolescent infant hovering his finger over the trigger.

The legislation is a lot more sinister than that though if you dig deeper. Beneath the surface you’ll realise that it actually grants the US Attorney General the power to seize websites that infringe – either partially or possibly – someone else’s copyright without due process (website owners won’t be given their chance to defend themselves), it grants the courts the power to block payments for advertising if the site is found guilty of copyright infringement, it makes websites liable for their users’ communications and can even result in jail time or fines for those that post derivatives of copyrighted material – no more guitar covers on YouTube then. Hell, using other people’s catchphrases, even jovially or sarcastically, could land you up shit creek without a paddle… or come to think of it, without a boat. League of Legends creators, Riot Games and their lawyers even go as far as to point out that someone singing a song during a live-stream would put the whole site at risk for copyright infringement. This would almost certainly censor the internet and as we’ve already seen companies suing over the most minor infractions, it’s a slippery slope to be treading.

"Wired censored its text as a sign of support for the protest."

What does this mean for us as an industry though? Well, considering that the livelihood for media outlets like ourselves rely on covering other people’s IPs in an independent capacity, it could have wide-reaching implications. You can’t help but think that it’d compromise the integrity of every media outlet out there – “If you don’t support our products, we’ll hold you liable for copyright infringement and get you closed down,” or something to that effect. Cynical, yes, but welcome to the twenty-first century when you hear rumours and whisperings of ad money being pulled due to bad reviews like in the case of former Gamespot Editorial Director, Jeff Gerstmann. When you factor in such things like walkthrough videos, e-Sports leagues, live-streams and all other forms of user-created content, the impact such a piece of legislation could have across the internet - especially in the gaming industry - is rather disconcerting. Sure, it might be a piece of legislation that’s aimed specifically at the United States, meaning that sites like ourselves could potentially only get blocked in the US, but for a site whose audience is 45% American, its implications would be far more severe. We’d certainly class as “US-directed” and be held accountable to such a diabolical piece of legislation too. Why the US government thinks they can police the internet is beyond me, but that’s a different story for a different day. 

I know what you’re thinking though, “Cripple the world economy? That’s a little farfetched, right?” It’s easy to think that, but when you factor in who’s at risk, it’s not really that much of hyperbolic statement. Think of it this way, if search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing; video platforms like YouTube, UStream, and Viddler; and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter; are all at risk, that’s a considerable amount of redundancies that would follow if anything would happen to them – Google alone employs over 30,000 people worldwide and if they were forced to scale back, a considerable amount of jobs would surely follow. If you think of that in lost tax dollars and the rise in people “signing on” alone, that’s going to make the financial situation a lot worse globally.

SOPA and PIPA’s most alarming impact could come in its ability to stifle creativity and ruin innovation. Would sites like ourselves, Wikipedia and YouTube be able to come to fruition if SOPA and PIPA were passed when we were starting up? The sad truth is, no. Would independent stores be able to flourish in an environment that is so stringently policed? Again, the answer is, no. That’s not because those outlets, stores or publications have negligently disrespected the copyrights of others, of course not, but because SOPA and PIPA intend to be so strict that even forums and the like – where it’s impossible to moderate everything in a timely fashion – can be used as an excuse for punishment, even when the content is being posted by others. If that doesn’t open a doorway to corporate sabotage, I don’t know what will. Start-ups and smaller independent companies will become the bitches of every billionaire conglomerate out there. It’s a piece of legislation that will have a horrifying effect on freedom of speech on the internet. It’s a piece of legislation that intends to censor the internet. It’s a piece of legislation that will cover the floor of the internet with eggshells. 

" decided to go "white" instead as an interesting take."

The most baffling thing to come out of all of this though is that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), who’ve been lobbying for freedom of speech in the games industry and the rights of video game developers for many years now, are actually supporting it. Yes, this is the same ESA that actually runs E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo). And when I say support it, I mean, they’ve thrown $190,000 behind their pro-SOPA & PIPA lobbying. That’s $190,000 of its members’ money, which was handed over willy-nilly without its members’ consent or their support, pretty much undoing the last ten-years of hard work its done and splintering its membership in the process. They’ve annoyed their membership and the industry so much so that former World of Warcraft team lead, Mark Kern, who is now a CEO at Red 5 Studios, set up the League For Gamers to lobby against the ESA and fight against SOPA and PIPA. Check out their site and their petition here for more information. It does make you beg the question though, if the industry is so against it, who’s pulling the strings at the ESA now if it’s not its members?

The truth is though, that the intentions of SOPA and PIPA are noble at their core, but their intended implementations are careless, negligent, without foresight and as draconian as they come. Instead of cracking down on those who continue to infringe the copyrights of others, they’re punishing the many for the acts of the few. We encourage the US government to tackle piracy, but not by ruining free speech, stifling creativity and censoring the internet in the process. Sure, the bill might be on hold after it was deemed “flawless legislation” and sure, it might be so draconian that anyone with half a brain would see that its far-reaching implications would set us back an incredible amount of years – even the Whitehouse are against it in its current state – but it’s still important to make your voice heard while you still can. We as a network are fully against SOPA and PIPA, and we urge you to make your voices heard in the most mature fashion possible, but as always, the power is with you and not us. It’s merely our job to cover video games and the culture that surrounds them. 

For more information, check out the ECA’s website, the anti-SOPA website and the American Censorship website on how you can do your thing to help out. If this piece of legislation does by some miracle make it through to be a part of our lives, we can kiss the internet as we know it goodbye and we can watch the world spiral further into economic recession, which is not as fun as it sounds.


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Comment #1 by houghton2892
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:35:31 PM
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Comment #2 by RegSpam
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:41:28 PM
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i agree with their protest, even if wikipedia's is only halfhearted...
easily bypassed with one simple click within your browser options...
reddit on the other hand does it right: total access denial.

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Comment #3 by Infection Ftw
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:43:39 PM
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No the world won't end this year so don't try to make it so. Screw you SOPA!

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Comment #4 by talica1916
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:43:50 PM
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It have a feeling it would cripple this site. It is just bad.

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Comment #5 by ash356
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 01:48:47 PM
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SOPA supporting companies: This is madness!
Denizens of the web: Madness? THIS... IS... THE INTERNET!

SOPA needs to just die already. I've no problems with companies wishing to protect themselves from Piracy, but this bill is far too vague word-wise, and far too out-reaching as a result of said vagueness.
ALT + F4 the original document, and retype it. With ideas that don't make the whole internet your enemy.

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Comment #6 by SuperWoody64
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 02:31:17 PM
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Great, if Obama's against it then all the ignorant racist republicans are going to be for it without even knowing/caring what it is.

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Comment #7 by Dayam
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 02:45:41 PM
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Oh noes, the rumors of 2012 seem near.

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Comment #8 by chizrocker88
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:26:16 PM
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@6: You're almost as big of an idiot as the people who drafted these bills.

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Comment #9 by mjc0961
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:26:49 PM
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Thanks, Webb. SOPA died this Monday, but unlike almost every site that shut down to "protest", you remembered about PIPA. Pretty much every other site I've been to says they're shutting down to protest just SOPA, which is retarded because it died already. To other websites, please either acknowledge PIPA as well or come back online because you're protesting a dead bill.

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Comment #10 by kulaid
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:32:03 PM
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..and to think i woke up today sayin its gonna be a great day, then i read this goin back to bed

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Comment #11 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:46:21 PM
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@#9 - Died is an overstatement, it's only been shelved, put on hold, it's still very much a threat.

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Comment #12 by John Januarius
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:48:38 PM
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Two of the greatest Democratic Supporters are the Internet/Technology Industry and the Movie/Music/TV/Gaming industry. The Republicans are major proponents of big business (pro-SOPA) and laissez-faire/personal freedoms (anti-SOPA). Unless someone has outspokenly said how they feel about the bill, there is pretty much no way you can tell how anyone in either party is going to vote.

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Comment #13 by Joewayer
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:09:07 PM
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I voted for Obama. I was promised change and looked forward to all of the great things he was going to do. Three years later - nothing really has happened. He managed to pass a health care bill that hasn't changed anything as far as I can tell. I know that it was going to roll out in stages but I also know that it's been challenged by state governments. So I have no idea about the status of that.

Now this. There's way too much outcry about both of these bills for them to pass. But if they somehow do get past both parts of congress and land on Obama's desk, then there's no way he could pass them. Or would he?

I'm trying to avoid all the Republican primary coverage. I dread seeing it for the next year. I still have slim hopes that Obama makes some big positive things happen in the next ten months. If so, he has my vote for re-election. If he keeps doing nothing then I'll just skip voting. But if he's the one who signs either or both of these bills into law I'll vote for a Republican for the first time.

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Comment #14 by Problemo
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:13:41 PM
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In theory they could pick on something as simple as screenshots or even achievement titles; that would be a disaster for this site.

This bill is pathetic and has no legitimate reason to exist.

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Comment #15 by EVUL DAVE
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:25:28 PM
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@#13, The issue doesn't lie primarily with Obama... He did promise change. But, as with everything, there are complications. The biggest of these complications? Congress. Nothing gets done because it's never an issue of "what's good for the people?" but instead "WE HATE THE OTHER SIDE, WE ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAINST ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING". But that's all beside the point. Back to the issue at hand:

Obama would hopefully veto this if it (somehow) made it to his desk, but at the same time he has recently abandoned his promise to veto an act that allows people to be detained without a trial (Source: This is possibly the biggest concern for me... IF SOPA/PIPA passed... Would he really veto it?

I've called in to my state representatives and voiced my concern. I recommend all other American users of X360A do the same. To really get their attention, threaten to drop support; people calling en masse saying that really get their voices heard. Sign petitions, spread the word, and educate others. Great article, Webb.

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Comment #16 by Lord Arkhan
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:29:01 PM
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I was always under the impression that America was a Democracy. A government that is elected by the people to listen to what they want. If this bill passes and makes it through the White House then it proves once and for all that America's form of democracy is a joke. People elect the officials and they do what benefits their wealthiest supporters and say screw you to the people who SHOULD matter.

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Comment #17 by HugTheBear
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:58:14 PM
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lol @15 you realize Congress was majority Democrat when he made most of the crap decisions (healthcare, for example) that put the country in the situation it's in, right? Which is why the people made their own "change" for the best and voted majority Republican. Facts are facts, the guy spent more money than all other Presidents (COMBINED) before him. Congress is simply putting a stop to that spending, which is what most people wanted.

OT: Good to see this isn't happening. Hopefully it stays that way.

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Comment #18 by Wehttam
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:01:20 PM
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I take it you like the word Draconian webb?

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Comment #19 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:08:44 PM
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@#18 - Ha, it's an old chestnut I used to use when I was studying law, so when I get chance to bust it out of its cage (which isn't very often), I'm no holds barred with it =P

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Comment #20 by Arron114
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:22:22 PM
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Looks like im going to have to do no work to day in support.....

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Comment #21 by jung4ever
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:27:24 PM
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Great article Webb. -Such a shame about ESA...

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Comment #22 by Verdinial
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 06:25:26 PM
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By x360a not attending E3, like many other gaming sites and developers, the ESA will not have a choice but to stop supporting SOPA, I know its a big ask but it may be our best shot at stopping it. Watch this video for information.

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Comment #23 by UltimateAuron32
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 08:47:15 PM
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this is stupid, its an over the top solution for problem that has been running riot for years. that problem is "policing" the internet, which now is next to impossible, they've let it go un-monitored for far to long now.

and with the rise of P2P programming and so on, this over-imposed solution is, quite honestly, a disaster. i hope SOPA dies, gets cremated and the ashes blasted into the sun for good measure.

its ALWAYS the honest user who gets hurt in the long term, pirates/hacker and the like will ALWAYS find another way of exploiting the system, and the counter measures cost a great deal of money, money WE the honest working man (or woman, i'm not getting sued for sexism LOL) has to pay out.

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Comment #24 by S1rJ0hn0fY0rk
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 09:23:13 PM
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while i was reading this article, i kept seeing the same thing flash through my mind. Big Brother Is Watching You. oh shit, i just used a copyrighted line from and Orwell book. Does this mean i'll be arrested now? If shit like this continues, we'll be headed for civil war again...and i mean this in the terms of taking away our basic freedoms.

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Comment #25 by Mr Magic
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 10:24:16 PM
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Comment #26 by callmeclean
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 10:28:46 PM
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This is the best article I have found which describes the far reaching impacts that could happen if this passes. Good job Webbs.

@6 and 12. Look at this page and as far as I see its a pretty even split. There are just as many douche bags in the democrats as there are in the Republicans. But I can't help think that since there is a Republican majority in congress (well that is what I understand, maybe I am wrong) and so many of Obama's proposals are not passed. Their might be a bit of a connection. But I live in Australia so I am just giving an opinion here I don't know that much.

Also its weird that there are so many of both parties both supporting and opposing the bill. In Australia our politics is so fucked up these days that if your party supports you better support it too or you will be kicked out. Not that I know much about politics.

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Comment #27 by S1rJ0hn0fY0rk
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 11:00:06 PM
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@26. dude no matter where you're from, politics suck. and all us little people are caught in the crossfire

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Comment #28 by Barrowland
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 12:49:12 AM
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Pretty sure if I understand it correctly they would never be able to "police" it any way. The person(s) that thought this was a good idea should be introduced to the world. And I think the people who would have the final word about it would probably be the hacker groups that make the news when they want. Just my opinion. Ta

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Comment #29 by Spartan375x
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 03:40:30 AM
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Our government better not end up being SOPAthetic. We need youtube and other sites to help attain achievements!

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Comment #30 by l.maciver
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 04:52:26 AM
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and people wonder why we still shout abuse at famous people, if we all did what the goverment told us to do we would go insane. If everyone did what they try to make us stop there wouldnt be enough prisons to hold us. RIOT my friends.

2012 isnt the year the world ends, its the year we kick the goverments to the side.

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Comment #31 by jtr1gg3r
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 04:59:27 AM
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F**k tha police!!

Well supposed internet police anyway :p

I've seen the dairylea cow drop less bullshit than this legislation act.

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Comment #32 by Slayinfool
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 07:43:47 AM
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i don't care, sorry.

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Comment #33 by MustaPastori
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:21:42 AM
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@32 well you should, or no more cowadoody montages for you..

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Comment #34 by XxJoaoPauloBRxX
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:34:07 AM
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Goddam Republicans rednecks...

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Comment #35 by RollinJello75
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:42:23 AM
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Save Snorlax.... Stop this now!

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Comment #36 by DonkeyBong71
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:57:14 AM
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if you look at human history it's inevitable the internet will one day be censored. but IMO these bills are more about panic than censorship. Hollywood has been trying to get these laws passed ever since Napster, but all of a sudden it seems to be happening. because of piracy? bullshit! it's because of the 'Arab Spring', and specifically the roles the social networking sites had in it. imagine if that was to happen in the good ole United States of Arseholes! that's a lot more damage than any piracy can do. at worst, piracy can shut down small businesses. but revolution shuts down countries! you think these bills are poorly drafted? on the contrary, it's a clever way of sneaking through Draconian laws (yes, i like that word too), whilst getting Hollywood to foot the bill!

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Comment #37 by [Ku-Ga] MasonCooper42
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 09:25:00 AM
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so magazines like oxm, and tv guide wont be allowed to do previews as thats copyright infringement?

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Comment #38 by LeafRaider
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 09:51:27 AM
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Why are people only noticing this now? I knew about the bill back in late october, so did other people. They said I was bullshitting and didn't believe me as did anyone else who tried to bring this up. Bet you all wish you'd listened back then. >.>

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Comment #39 by AzureWrathHal
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 10:56:24 AM
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@17 You seem to be confusing "facts" with "opinions", opinions which are based on literally no real understanding of the world around you, like most people regurgitating their left/right political garbage.

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Comment #40 by Annalie
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 11:01:10 AM
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It's not about stopping piracy its about control. SOPA can go to hell.

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Comment #41 by xX3T3RN1TYXx
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 12:20:41 PM
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you know i find this pissing me off greatly. our government is nothing but a bunch of elite con artists that dont care about the little guy. if you look at most politicians they hardly pay taxes and pass it all on to us lower and middle class people. btw did you guys know that in our bill of rights it says that we the people have the RIGHT to tear down our government and reform it if it stops working correctly or becomes corrupt? i really do think that within the next 20 years we are gonna see another civil war because of how the upper class and politicians treat the lower and middle class.

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Comment #42 by ShinAkuma
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 12:28:05 PM
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Before SOPA ruins the world economy, America did it first to Europe. It's a fact

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Comment #43 by Zebrahead MoFo
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 01:38:34 PM
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Video very relevant

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Comment #44 by Vigor
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 01:57:05 PM
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The US of China.

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Comment #45 by IVIR BLOBBY
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 02:06:49 PM
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Games industry as a whole would see a boom in prices, if user-generated walkthroughs were to be deleted for copyright infringement, In-store sales of walkthroughs would increase, also it would make Piracy allot harder for xbox games in particular & it would reduce piracy a decent amount which will see alot more cash pushed into the games industry.

That's why the E3 guys backed it. For cash. SOPA & PIA are evil i dont support them, but it would increase profits of the games industry & Give EA another golden mansion

I Disagree with piracy, i torrent the odd movie & watch series online b4 they come out here in england, heck my friends even torrent full PC games, its wrong i know it is, they know it is, but its convenient & very simple & everyone seems to be doing it. This i guess does need to be stopped i guess as it is unfair i can watch a movie that cost 80 million to make & i got it for nothing.

But PIPA & SOPA are just idiotic, not the way to go, Its just doing to make the big guys even bigger & make it even harder for the smaller guys to break through, Yes Hollywood, yes america piracy is a problem but dont try to fix it & line your pockets by squashing the little guy & taking away our rights. We will fight it, we have fought it.

Hell, if this passes im going to get a gaming PC & a few terabyte hardrives & then torrent every single pc game i can find, every single movie & every single TV series ive ever watched. Then i'll get my xbox chipped & play offline on all the new games. Just to spite SOPA & PIPA

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Comment #46 by D0BBSY DK
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 03:22:03 PM
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surely this would be unconstitutional because it would be blocking the rights to free speech. If a guy was walking down the street singing his favourite song, would that be breaking the law? No! So why would it be breaking the law if it's on the internet? Not to mention all of the other things that's bad with these bills, shelved or not.

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Comment #47 by TheDangerousEnd
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 05:25:44 PM
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Twitter, Facebook, PayPal, eBay, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google are just a few of the sites that might never have been able to get a foot in the door if similar legislation had been signed into law years ago. After all, these sites were founded by Americans and would have been right on the front line.

Thankfully, the bills they're trying to pass now are so over the top that Americans took notice and are raising hell. Despite making record profits, these companies are more determined than ever, though, and I fear that even if SOPA and PIPA go up in flames they'll continue to line politician's pockets until they get their ways.

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Comment #48 by fijigus
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 05:43:53 PM
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Politicians working on a bill that is poorly written? It must be a day ending in Y.

I would like more GTA, L.A. Noire and similar games where a portion of the storyline requires taking down corrupt politicians, police, company heads, etc. Finishing L.A. Noire right now and it is right up that alley.

Of course I am one of the millions complaining but not offering a solution, but I can either spend my limited spare time analyzing politics or playing one of the many unfinished games I have. I think you know which one I choose.

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Comment #49 by BeheldBryan
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 07:15:33 PM
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The NDAA is unconstitutional as well but it was still passed into law. Seeing the outcome of that has me worried about the outcome of SOPA/PIPA.

I'll just continue doing as #48 is. Enjoying games and chilling. I signed some petitions, good enough for me.

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Comment #50 by Slayinfool
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:04:52 PM
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But it's because of the internet people are losing jobs. You may not want to hear that, but it's a fact. The internet has played it's part in crippling jobs and the economy.

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Comment #51 by Snoop QC
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:24:11 AM
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The worse in all that is most of the corporations who support SOPA are from music, movie and media industries. But many of them like CBS-Viacom created and/or helped distribute some of the 2p2 softwares like Limewire, Kaza and the like in the first place. They've created the problem and now they want us to pay for their mistake. It's like a drug dealer who gives you, not sell, some drugs and some years later sends you a formal demand of repaying them plus interets. But even better, add to this the possibility to be sent in jail just to make an example. Total nonsence.

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Comment #52 by Shikamaru FTW
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:51:19 AM
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This could mean the death of the abridged series
Oh carp Oh crap Oh crap

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Comment #53 by Jimbo76
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:14:57 AM
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this is the end of the world as we know it.... fuck you SOPA wankers.

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Comment #54 by DonkeyBong71
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 08:21:21 AM
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does anybody in congress realize that "pipa" is spanish slang for crack pipe!

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Comment #55 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:40:26 AM
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@#45 - Would it? It'd push most media outlets who cover their games out of business and then they'd have to scrap for places to have their games covered. It's a double-edged sword. Ruin the internet and ruin the perks that it comes with.

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Comment #56 by Loquacious B
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:45:50 PM
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Why's the comment texts broken and cut off at the right hand side? Makes the posts almost unreadable!

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Comment #57 by Loquacious B
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:46:56 PM
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See what I mean? It says "almost unreadable"!

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Comment #58 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:39:19 PM
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What browser you using? It looks fine here...

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Comment #59 by ash356
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 03:55:20 PM
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@58 (Webb)
I'm using Google chrome and I'm having the same issue as Loquacious :S
In the post @56, for example, it reads 'makes the posts almo-' and then the rest appears to run under the grey area to the right :S
Just a heads-up, probably just Chrome being sucky :P

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Comment #60 by Moondance
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:03:01 PM
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Comment #61 by xXhanhanXx
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 03:55:20 AM
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@58 Same problem here using IE9...

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Comment #62 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 09:02:00 AM
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@#59 & #61 - Okay, cheers folks. I'll pass word onto Aleks and see what he can do. Tar.

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Comment #63 by Eternaltriumph
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 10:42:25 AM
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One particular note in the article made so much sense it's impossible to argue against it. "Why the US government thinks they can police the internet is beyond me, but that’s a different story for a different day."

As an American, I feel like I have to apologize for the retardation of my government a lot of the time...who obviously has forgotten that our country was supposed to be built on the liberties of its people and as the "land of opportuinity", humanity as a whole.

I'm actually less proud to be an American now that I'm in the military and see the shady shit we try and do than I was as a civilian. SOPA didn't help, but it made me smile to know that the internet world united to say "Fuck you guys, we aren't letting this happen."

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Comment #64 by vX JOH7V Xv
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 02:20:20 PM
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-Comment censored by the U.S. government.-

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Comment #65 by KH308
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 08:26:31 PM
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I agree with #56, I'm using rockmelt.

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Comment #66 by LovableCrazee
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 02:35:53 AM
(-1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment could help protest SOPA and PIPA by refusing to cover games whose publishers support these bills. This includes games published by EA, and can include games about companies like the UFC that license games as well. It could also list these companies by name and shame them in public.

Of course that would never happen. So I'm confused about why you'll have this article about how evil SOPA is but then I look at the front page and I see the EA logo 3 times.

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Comment #67 by Racxie
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 09:12:36 AM
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Webb I'm having the same problem as some of the others with the comments. Don't think it's the first time it's happened, but the last time it did was quite awhile a go.

As for the article: brilliantly written!

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Comment #68 by spartan9899
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 11:46:14 AM
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The only good thing that could come out of this: No one would ever be able to say "then I took an arrow to the knee" again.

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Comment #69 by SasileUchiha92
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 03:42:55 PM
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I'm confident this is going to get passed. The Congressmen only care about money, not about what the people want. I also believe that this is all part of our government's plan to completely take over control of everything and end all our freedom. This is the starting point for America to become a dictatorship.

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Comment #70 by AlmightySparow
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 08:14:05 PM
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i agree with the idea of protecting copyright and peoples
intellectual property pirate downloads and such but it
does have way to many other implications just like the patriot
act it can all be abused or used in a way to suit anyone in
any situation ie. big companyies beating down the little guy
it wont pass in its current form but when it has more protection
for third partyies like members and users it will pass just be
thankfull your not living in china internet censorship there is

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Comment #71 by JakJakAttacks
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 09:15:43 PM
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The issue of censoring the internet and dealing with pirates has to be done with a scalpel, not a sledge hammer.
I think the people making the laws should take a course on how the internet works before being able to pass any bills. What they're trying to do now is like attempting to do a triple bypass without a doctor. No one knows what the hell they're doing.
At the end of the day, they just want to get paid. At least, more than they already have.

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Comment #72 by odysseus123
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 11:04:21 PM
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I did my speech to persuade on SOPA/PIPA and I was 1 of 2 people in my class that choose this subject. Needless to say we both got A's. Both of these pieces of legislation, including ACTA, are very damaging in the way they would be implemented and executed. However, the only way these can be fought is if the public knows what these bills are and the ramifications they pose if passed. Then contacting your representatives to let them know that this is unacceptable. Don't complain if you don't vote.

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Comment #73 by Verdinial
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 02:43:45 PM
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So I finally defined the word Draconian, and hopefully it sticks with me because it is a cool little word, thanks a lot Webb :D

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Comment #74 by Laurence Barker
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:14:11 AM
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I'm glad that X360a wrote an article on this outrage. It may be 'jumping on
the bandwagon' (Webb's words, not mine), but it shows that they have taken
notice. Which shows that X360a cares.

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Comment #75 by Reid Kasunic
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:23:19 AM
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anyone who uses the internet cares >.>

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Comment #76 by Zenith Requiem
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 03:27:12 AM
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I support Sopa/Pipa :3

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Comment #77 by TheWifesGoneOut
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 07:10:39 AM
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If you ask me its complete BS, its just hte US trying to take control as always

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Comment #78 by nofxmike06
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 02:51:31 PM
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SOPA/PIPA are dead. Try researching. This comment is posted to inform those who are still commenting on SOPA/PIPA even though it was killed over the weekend in the House.

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Comment #79 by MrRizer
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 05:27:27 PM
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Yeah wow, I can't believe this website actually thinks it's important enough to get shut down by SOPA / PIPA... LOL take your heads out of your self righteous asses...less than .000000000000001% of the population fucking cares about this website or these achievements.

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Comment #80 by Rekker09172194
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 07:21:25 PM
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You just decided to report this? A week after MU went down and Anonymous DDoSed a ton of sites you decided to report this.


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Comment #81 by odysseus123
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:30:45 AM
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@ 78 First off SOPA and PIPA are not dead they are just shelved, however it doesn't even matter because ACTA is now gaining momentum and is making its rounds in poland (

@ 79 I'm not sure where you got your made up information, but a lot of people care.

@ 80 At the time of this post the article reads "Written Wednesday, January 18, 2012 By Dan Webb." If I'm not mistaken that was the day BEFORE those events took place. I think it helps to read the article I'm not exactly sure I just write stuff.

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Comment #82 by ViNyLek
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 02:17:57 PM
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THis will never happen. It would go against our right of freedom of speech I don't see the first and foremost law in US being overthrown in any form.

I like to think that I will still be able to watch all the amateur porn without "big fishes" suing couples for same sexual positions LOL (trying to bring some cheer in is all=P)

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Comment #83 by Obi-Brown
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 03:57:55 PM
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i hope x360a then will be boycotting E3. Since the ESA run it and they support SOPA and PIPA

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Comment #84 by cpdufohunter
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 04:33:10 PM
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My anti-SOPA arguement:

SOPA is anti-pirating and copyright infringment, Bungie's first game,Gnop, would have been seen as a violation of this, thus shutting down Bungie and we would never have had Halo, Myth, Marathon and soon Destiny. Halo is one of the main reasons that Xbox took off and without Halo it would have been less successful or flopped completely. If we always had SOPA we would never have had Halo and Xbox would have taken a big hit. Xbox is one of the main gaming consoles so without Xbox, gaming would not be were it is now and Microsoft put a lot into it so, if Xbox flopped Microsoft would have taken a hit and look at all the stuff they own and manage. Also 343i was created because of Halo, so if No Bungie = No Halo, then No Bungie = No 343i and then if we didn't have Halo Rooster Teeth would never have started, killing more jobs and because Xbox is one of the major gaming platforms that would have taken down dozens or even hundreds of companies.That's only the effects from 1 company that is currently employing lots of people and hiring more, and one game that helped 1 company and created 2 more. SOPA allegedly will help create jobs but as this shows we would have even less jobs, hurting the economy. SOPA would be detrimental to the United States

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Comment #85 by cpdufohunter
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 04:35:04 PM
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@83 I think they revoked their support after seeing the response.

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Comment #86 by Robert999220
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 02:46:46 AM
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SOPA and PIPA are no longer the issue, ACTA is the new serious problem. worse than both of them combined...

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Comment #87 by kingfatass010
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 06:21:42 AM
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hang on.... WHAT does this mean no more porn for me... if so ive got a fully loaded pistol against my chin

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Comment #88 by kingfatass010
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 06:23:19 AM
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oh few its a pirating legislation..looks like i can still watch porn

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Comment #89 by RY1987
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 06:34:36 PM
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Comment #90 by TheMickster
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 09:29:47 AM
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@1: French connection UK SOPA?

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Comment #91 by voidreaper21
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 03:00:36 PM
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does this affect the UK?

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Comment #92 by theman7577
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 09:29:48 PM
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this is shit and will not pass

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Comment #93 by MissingNo83
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 12:52:24 PM
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They should duplicate wikipedia and have a 24 hr blackout. That should back up the protests! fuck piracy!

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Comment #94 by nekokari
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 05:56:49 PM
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This bill has been shelved, but it should be killed. man, this is why obama sucks.

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Comment #95 by German Agent
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 01:21:27 PM
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I support killing off pirate sites that break copyrights laws, but this bill was just poorly written.

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