SOPA and PIPA Fail to Make it to Congress Following Protests
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Looks like yesterday's online and offline protests had some impact. SOPA and PIPA are dead. For now, at least.

Both the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) were due to be voted for in US congress this Tuesday, but the debates have now been postponed indefinitely.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said that his panel would not push ahead with SOPA until there is “wider agreement” on the proposed solution.

PIPA, meanwhile, has been postponed by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid. He issued a statement today citing the "legitimate issues" raised by protesters for keeping the bill from congress.

Reid also called for PIPA author Senator Patrick Leahy to "continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans' intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet."

Sounds like a victory to me. Good work, internet!

If you've got no idea what any of this is about, check out Dan's feature on SOPA, PIPA and their potentially far-reaching consequences. The subject is much less boring than you think.


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Comment #1 by Problemo
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:00:15 PM
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The Internets lives for another day.

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Comment #2 by sticks117
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:01:22 PM
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Vive la Revolution!!!!

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Comment #3 by Verdinial
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:01:51 PM
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Everyone who fought to stop this is just a much a part of it as anyone else. Well done if you did ^_^ Now, lets hope we can slay it once and for all the next time it strikes.

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Comment #4 by Des
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:03:14 PM
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Anonymous wins again.

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Comment #5 by Nevander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:03:35 PM
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Stupid Over Protective Asshats will not be blocking my internets, thank you kindly.

Sorry if offends anyone. :)

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Comment #6 by Craphex
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:03:47 PM
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Achievement Unlocked
100G - Defeated SOPA

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Comment #7 by ShirleyPeanut
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:04:33 PM
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not dead, just waiting.

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Comment #8 by TacticalTodger
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:06:43 PM
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I thought it was just postponed?

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Comment #9 by solo017
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:07:00 PM
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A win for the people!

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Comment #10 by CaptainKicker
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:08:01 PM
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Had a blast, protesting, January 18th. Really felt our opinion came out loud! Good job friends.

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Comment #11 by Blue Thunder28
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:08:09 PM
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Common sense prevails for once.

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Comment #12 by Lord Montymort
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:08:30 PM
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Good. While they would have done some good, there was just too much wrong with these bills. Though IMO the biggest problem with both of these wasn't even what they would do, but that this was the US Government trying to pass bills that effect the entire world without even talking to the other countries Governments about it first. If these had been allowed to pass it would make the US Government even more big headed than it already is, they already "think" they rule the world, we shouldn't allow them to pass bills that can cripple the rest of us.

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Comment #13 by mickjsg
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:09:26 PM
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We need a 'like' button for #6's post.

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Comment #14 by mad4ra
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:09:59 PM
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Im from Austria, im really happy that this fucking bills failed. I like how the World and the Internet stand united against this shit all over the world. The Internet

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Comment #15 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:10:14 PM
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I'm from uk and know nothing about US polatics, what exactly did these people propose tat was so bad?

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Comment #16 by onidemon
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:10:51 PM
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We have the thumbs up button dude

OT - Really glad to hear that they have both been shelved

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Comment #17 by Davisto
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:11:14 PM
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thats good considering the internet is about free speech and sharing also it is common sense imagine if they controlled the net they wanted to it wouldnt suprise me if we couldnt do anything. and #6 where's my achievement :)

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Comment #18 by Nevander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:13:09 PM
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Also when I saw "SOPA and PIPA Fail..." a huge smile came over my face. :D

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Comment #19 by Di4L x MoTioNz
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:15:18 PM
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Let's hope the next incarnation of this bill is as publically published and isn't passed without it's due criticism.

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Comment #20 by Devil Sora
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:19:02 PM
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Comment #21 by DESTRO5
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:19:35 PM
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Serves them right. Especially if they are gonna screw with youtube.

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Comment #22 by mickjsg
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:22:36 PM
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#16 - Sorry, didn't notice that. :P

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Comment #23 by eagracz53
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:24:04 PM
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Now Europe must fight with ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)

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Comment #24 by onidemon
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:24:44 PM
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No problemo :)

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Comment #25 by Mister Buds
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:25:49 PM
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i'm going to celebrate by downloading a dozen pirated movies and albums!

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Comment #26 by TakahashiDemon
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:27:01 PM
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I never thought this was gonna pass through anyways.. it was a bit crazy to think this would pass when it would effect sites like Facebook, YouTube, Google, which millions of people use, the complaints would have made them go back on their decision.

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Comment #27 by IceBlox
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:29:23 PM
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megaupload goes down and hours later anonymous takes out a bunch of federal websites.... in the words of V

"People should not be afraid of their government.... governments should be afraid of their PEOPLE!!!!!!!!"

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Comment #28 by muh9ridzshotty
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:40:30 PM
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They'll be back. Big brother wants to control everything.

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Comment #29 by linktriforce007
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:45:30 PM
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Wasn't it delayed last monday?

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Comment #30 by ginge88isfun
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:47:34 PM
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Now it seems like SOPA are trying to block some Wikipedia pages as well, tried find some information on the Tony Hawks HD collection thats coming out and some page came up about SOPA not allowing access to it, a few minutes later it disappeared.

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Comment #31 by shavron
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:56:04 PM
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This is a small victory of the Free Peoples of the Internet. In my eyes the events yesterday surrounding Megaupload and Anonymous's retaliation is basically a declaration of war. I just hope the US Government is smart enough to recognize that a small group of hackers did this and the amount of damage that could happen if a bigger assault took place. But if I know my government as well as I think I do all this means is they'll bump up security and vigilance. Not good.

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Comment #32 by BBowles
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:57:35 PM
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So...democracy isn't quite dead yet here in America huh? Glad to hear it. If these had passed, I'd officially declare democracy dead and the USA no longer the greatest place to live.

Especially considering many political figures are on record as saying "we have no idea what these bills do, I don't understand these, I'm not a nerd, someone bring in the nerds to explain". I thought the people we elected were supposed to be smart, not just rich white elitists. Considering more than 5 of these politicians suggested bringing in "nerds" or commented that they were NOT "nerds" on television, I think they should all be removed from office. Especially the ones who said "I don't understand these laws, but from the brief summary I was given they sound good!"

I still think we should have a weekly election. Someone isn't doing their job, boom they're gone next week. Maybe then elected officials will actually do what they claim to believe in, instead of telling voters what they want to hear and then changing their ideals once elected.

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Comment #33 by bluHatter
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:06:07 PM
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卐OPA and PIPA have no place in a free society. They effectively end free speech. It's amazing to me that I haven't found a single person (besides corrupt politicians) who is FOR these bills and yet we still have to fight so hard to push them back.

Why isn't something like this - that greatly affects human rights - put up to a popular vote? Why do we have a bunch of musky old fart bags who know nothing about the Internet making policy for all of us?

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Comment #34 by Ray5555
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:07:06 PM
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Sopa had the right spirit, but it went about it the wrong way. Honestly we all know the sites that are pirating movies, games, music ect..... They should aim to make a law targetting them instead of everybody

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Comment #35 by thewordis
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:12:08 PM
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will X360A be ignoring E3 in protest against the ESA support for SOPA?

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Comment #36 by Mr Magic
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:15:50 PM
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People 1 - Government 0

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Comment #37 by linktriforce007
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:58:08 PM
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@35 You're funny!

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Comment #38 by thewordis
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:10:26 PM
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@37 i hope X360A dont mind me posting this but it is relevant

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Comment #40 by Foxxy kyle
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:15:50 PM
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Fuck SOPA I need my porn.

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Comment #41 by Jack Flak
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:15:56 PM
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@6 Win sir, win.

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Comment #42 by Spanish Assault
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:37:52 PM
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This is a big win...

@39 thanks for breaking the comment page.

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Comment #43 by Vomit Your Soul
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:41:15 PM
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@42 sorry... wish I could edit

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Comment #44 by Bum Commando
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 02:57:16 PM
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Yes! The internet lives!!!

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Comment #45 by S1rJ0hn0fY0rk
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 03:25:27 PM
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just another reason why everyone needs to vote this coming november so we can get the dumbass morons that came up with this garbage out of office. hopefully if that happens, we'll never have to worry about it again. notice how i said hopefully

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Comment #46 by Leone Phelps
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 03:36:32 PM
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@42 ?? There's nothing broken.

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Comment #47 by GaryYEAH
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 03:56:05 PM
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"Hey, purty mouth. You dropped the SOPA."

We can only wish :D.


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Comment #48 by Dlark17
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 04:21:36 PM
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Wait, what protesters? All I've heard about are the butt-hurt bloggers, Wiki and Google making public statements, and about a million FaceBooks alight with useless posts and profile pic changes. When did someone actually get off their ass and do something about this?

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Comment #49 by BlackBird1996
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 04:57:33 PM
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@ 33 thats not the nazi swastika (FAIL)

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Comment #50 by thewordis
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:39:01 PM
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@48 protest doesnt always mean marching down the street with a sign

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Comment #51 by Play N Skillz
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:20:51 PM
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@49 idiot, It's inverted. And for the record, that symbol has not always been represented for the nazis.

OT: Win!!!

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Comment #52 by SIHuze
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:37:45 PM
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Glad to see someone hase some sense.

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Comment #53 by LAZORAZOR
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:37:51 PM
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small complaint but Im sick of acctually buying a movie and having commercials for anti-pirating and smoking. both have reverse effects on me.

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Comment #54 by Kyanite
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:16:46 PM
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While I absolutely despise discussing politics on the Internet, I'm glad that SOPA and PIPA are in a coma. However, like #39 posted, I always had a very strong feeling that the bipartisan group who introduced both bills (SOPA by a Republican, PIPA by a Democrat) intended this to be a noisy red herring. Bills have a way of being reborn in carefully-reworded forms that no one really seems to notice.

Politics is the dirtiest game around regardless of what flag is flying, and the vast majority of politicians everywhere regardless of party affiliation are happy with most of the citizens wandering around like sheep who feel powerless to change things.


Okay, I'm done.

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Comment #55 by PuttyGod
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:18:18 PM
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"Shelved?" Not good enough. If you're going to put these shits back on the shelf, you better burn down the library that the shelf is in as well.

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Comment #56 by kaiyo penguin
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:22:32 PM
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well as long as we find a way to keep gary glitter off the fucking internet. im good.

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Comment #57 by Megis Eldurin
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:25:13 PM
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They're most likely just going to rename it, attach it to some other piece of legislature and push it through right under everyone noses.

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Comment #58 by Megis Eldurin
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:50:38 PM
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And I'm gonna copyright that, just so no one can quote it or point out the silly typo, cuz that's how copyrights work.

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Comment #59 by asilent boom
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 08:19:07 PM
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Hopefully they never get voted on or shoved into another bill.

I found it pretty funny that some of the House and Senate members who are sponsoring this bill are actually using images on their facebook and twitter pages that would be considered piracy under the SOPA bill. Damn hypocrites.

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Comment #60 by XxMayhemxX
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:35:17 PM
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chalk one up for anonymous and all internet fans

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Comment #61 by XxMayhemxX
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:36:52 PM
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#59 lol yeah the members supporting it had copyrighted images on their pages.. they since took down.. but yeah thats funny stuff

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Comment #62 by Coruba
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 02:02:15 AM
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How about just fining and incarcerating everyday citizens that illegally take this stuff, that will change peoples attitudes, it ok to say its illegal, but if no one gets in trouble who is going to listen.

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Comment #63 by sumthingchronic
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 03:23:45 AM
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Comment #64 by Baihu1983
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 04:46:11 AM
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So ive not been really following this but if it was shelved why was megaupload shut down? And what could it mean for sites like youtube/daily motion and so on?

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Comment #65 by Shikamaru FTW
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 05:04:02 AM
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Chuck Norris opposed this bill

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Comment #66 by sosolid08
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 07:43:46 AM
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Comment #67 by Ceejus
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 10:23:33 AM
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People against pirating piss me off. God forbid Hollywood actors get more money. Like hell if I'm gonna pay a whopping 35 bucks just to watch a 3D blu-ray whilst contributing to Hollywood's overly massive wealth.

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Comment #68 by Megis Eldurin
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 01:33:30 PM
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If you ask me, MegaUpload was shut down because it was setting up a digital distribution platform for artists where they could sell their works and reap 90% of the sale value, instead of the measly few percentages they get through the media mafia. Something that would make the RIAA crap itself if it went through.

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Comment #69 by z3r0SHADOW
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 01:57:35 PM
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Yay comment #69!

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Comment #70 by AcidPT
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 04:58:24 PM
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Wait... isn't Anonymous threatening to take down PSN and Xbox live? Brace yourselves, the nastiness isn't over yet. It's only just beggining.

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Comment #71 by Optomistic
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 11:49:50 PM
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The idea behind SOPA and PIPA had good intentions, but if it means Prohibition, censorship and all that business, then this was never gonna fly. I do agree that online-Pirates need to be stopped (Think Somalian pirates off the horn of africa) but it's gonnna take alot of work, especially since alot of users like free stolen software.

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Comment #72 by LovableCrazee
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 02:46:02 AM
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^What do Somalian pirates have to do with any of this? I don't think people would care if Somalian pirates made copies of peoples boats...don't be silly lol

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Comment #73 by slayer3100
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 06:07:00 AM
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You guys should know that there is a much worse threat than SOPA and PIPA, yes it is great it has been stopped but the world is now threatened by ACTA. I will not explain the details here as the post would be far to large but if you really want to help save the internet (again) then go here:

Good luck guys and keep the fight up.

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Comment #74 by Tonic24k
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 09:36:38 AM
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LOL. They are SOPAthetic.

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Comment #75 by Fire Hawk D
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 10:48:41 AM
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Not even a tiny ounce surprised. C'mon, it's America. Everyone'll whine and moan until it's fixed. It's the American Way.

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Comment #76 by Megis Eldurin
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 11:26:08 AM
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Huh. In latest new it turns out that the MPAA CEO Chris Dodd publicly admitted they're bribing government officials into accepting pro-Hollywood regulations, by which of course he means SOPA, PIPA and of course ACTA.

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Comment #77 by Megis Eldurin
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 11:35:16 AM
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Oh, there's a petition over here into investigating it here, hope you don't mind me breaking the link up so it doesn't mess up the page.!/petition/

The fact that there needs to be a petition before bribery is investigated already tells you enough about the state of affairs in the government.

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Comment #78 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 12:56:54 PM
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Good FUCK SOBA! Bunch of old annoying pead's

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Comment #79 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 12:58:00 PM
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^SOPA (Poxy spell check)

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Comment #80 by Tim 13
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 01:03:29 PM
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Supposedly now the new threat is something called ACTA, and the people who reported on it say, "If you think SOPA was bad, wait until you meet ACTA." I'm too scared to read into it. lol

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