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explain SOPA and PIPA


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someone's going to have to explain this properly to me!

Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, 2 laws they are trying to pass in the states to help prevent online piracy abroad but its being complained and protested about by the majority of the huge websites because it will impact everyone?

i dont get how! i havent really followed any of it but i see wikipedia os blacked out today in protest

for example me who mainly uses twitter, facebook, wikipedia, youtube, villatalk and other forums, amazon, x hamster how does that impact me?

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Very loosely set rules gives authorities free range in shutting down sites as they see fit. VERY anti free speech. Where will it stop? Because it's for damn sure it won't with hunting down spotty teenagers sharing music on thepiratebay

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They are masquerading it as an anti piracy act as they know that way it will get support, but in the fine details there is a lot of stuff that could fundamentally kill the internet and the way we share information. Im not too brushed up on what those finer details are but i know its not what its selling itself as and could destroy the internet as we know it.

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Essentially it's going to force ISPs to hand over data on their customers' activities, so if you were in America and had an unusually high download usage, the US Government can order your ISP to hand this over and they can then potentially prosecute for downloading music, movies, TV programmes etc.

However it is a US issue although the British Government have considered something similar in the past. And the websites have been taken offline because they are America based so it's a protest thing. Although very annoying to non-Americans

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Do you live in the US? If not don't worry

though a lot of what happens in the USA, ends up happening in the Uk to some degree, and so it might impact us.

also, what about that kid who is being extradiated to the USA from the UK to do with piracy of some hollywood films.

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its far more than just america, involves precedent for other governments to go ahead.

basically, company doesn't like a website - can get it shutdown - cant get more ant-freedom than that. Entertainment industry getting pissy and being massive massive shits.

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Do you live in the US? If not don't worry

You could not be more wrong. SOPA will affect the internet worldwide.

^^^ QFT. It is a fairly long video, but it explains everything perfectly. Made by a bloke living in Newcastle upon Tyne too, and he highlights how the law will affect us Brits. Basically SOPA is old media trying to shut down new media for short term financial gain. Piracy on the internet is an issue, but destroying the **** internet is not the solution.

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I assume xhamster is a porn site since it was written in smaller letters?

i wouldnt research it at work lets put it that way...

(but i would research it :P )

fapdu is the place to be nowadays, think of all these magical pet sites all rolled into one every, every animal from any pet store into one big site.

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Do you live in the US? If not don't worry

though a lot of what happens in the USA, ends up happening in the Uk to some degree, and so it might impact us.

also, what about that kid who is being extradiated to the USA from the UK to do with piracy of some hollywood films.

Well seeing as villa4europe said he just uses some social networking sites and filthy terrible pornography and that, I presume he'll be OK :lol:

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so if this passes who realistically is going?

id seen the likes of reporters without boundaries complaining, i assumed pirate bay would be sweating, what about the sites that a fair few of us stream from on a saturday afternoon?

and how does it impact forums? where peoples opinions are expressed a huge chunk of info passes around (i know more from here and twitter than i do from the news)

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Who could go? Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, and well, pretty much anywhere that aggregates news or hosts user generated content.

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It is a possibility, that's for sure. SOPA could destroy advertising revenue for websites you use every day. Like a lot of draconian laws (you know, the sort of shit that we used to laugh at China for having) governments tend to hope an uninformed public will sleepwalk into them.

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