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You've all heard of Sopa somewhere by this point, right? You're probably tired of hearing about it, right? Wondering when this whole mess is finally going to be resolved?

Well, on the fifteenth of December, congress is finally going to decide once and for all- for real this time- whether to enforce it, or can it.

People are talking about tomorrow being "The last day freedom lives", and getting ready to delete their accounts the next day, be it on DA, youtube, or well, pretty much anything.

Up until now, pirates have been punished individually. This person or that person gets in trouble for copyright infringement, and the other denizens of the internet continue their quiet lives undisturbed, for the most part not having to worry about getting in trouble. This bill will change everything. Now, you are accountable for what the pirates do. Even if most of the people who use the internet regularly are honest folk who don't use copyrighted material as they shouldn't, there's always still going to be a least a few who do and will never stop. A site like youtube CANNOT exist without a few of these, simply because they'll always be there and it's futile to try to stop them completely. It is impossible to find every individual tech pirate and purge the web of them... so what's the next best thing that can be done? Just kick EVERYONE out.

Fanart is no longer acceptable. Music videos and the like are no longer acceptable. Even if someone posts a link to some copyrighted content in a measly comment, some corporation would come along and shut down an entire website, regardless of what all the other users of said website do. The point of it is to terminate "websites DEDICATED to copyright infringement", right? Sounds like a site where almost everyone infringes copyright, doesn't it? Well, no. Apparently, if any user has the means to post copyrighted content, if it's even POSSIBLE for copyrighted content to appear anywhere on your site, than the whole site has go... which is, like, EVERY SINGLE WEBSITE THAT ALLOWS USER INPUT IN EXISTENCE. This is like dropping an A-bomb on a town filled with innocent people just to kill one guy you'd only need a sniper rifle to get.

But let's also look at how this possibly could affect the individual.

"Uh oh! You videotaped your cat playing with your baby and left the radio turned on while doing so? COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!" FIVE YEARS IN JAIL FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY!"

"Uh oh, you dared to let your out of state pals see you playing a videogame??? COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!!! FIVE YEARS IN THE SLAMMER, YOU LOWLIFES!!!".

You may as well send a swat team to comic con and arrest all the cosplayers for dressing up as copyrighted characters. Hey, maybe that could actually happen?

Lately, several ads have been popping up on the air, propaganda created by people in the entertainment industry who whole heartedly support the internet being dissolved. Really cheesy, flashy and bombastic, IN YOUR FACE commercials that make pretty much anyone who regularly uses a computer look like villain. The way these ads are directed gives them the feel of a shitty blockbuster movie that insults our intelligence. Big surprise.

This nonsense has been going on in the 1643.

"The Printing Press Will Kill Literature!"

"Phonographs and Player Pianos Will Kill Music!"

"VCR's Will Kill Television!!"

"The Cassette Will Kill Music! Again!"

"Pirated BASIC Will Kill Software Development!"

"Digital Piracy is EVIL!!"

See, the entertainment industry needs to accept that people pirating and distributing their products is inevitable. No one wants to waste what precious little money they have in this economy on Hollywood's shitty little overpriced plastic donuts just so we can endure their shitty little blockbusters, so if anyone can find an alternative that makes their lives a little bit easier, they will.

One could argue that this only hurts the economy more by forcing people in Hollywood to lose their jobs, and sends us further down this spiral of doom, but that would be a moot point. As things stand, the internet has led to many people getting jobs and stimulating the economy. So many, that what the entertainment industry contributes to society PALES in comparison to the amount of economic growth given rise by people who commonly use the internet to start new jobs. If you had to sacrifice one for the other, it would be wiser to side with people rather than a few corporations governed by greed and self interest. If this bill passes, more harm with be done to the economy than good.

Plus it's not like everything we do actually HURTS the entertainment industry. Take a look as those guys on TGWTG.com. Every time they review something, there's a HUGE rise of people who start buying the products featured in the review like crazy! It's good to actually show people a taste of what you're talking about so they might wanna see it, too!

Let's look at why this bill is useless. While entire websites could essentially be placed under a worldwide cockblock (it does not matter if you are in America or some other country), one could still access said websites if they can find out what the IP address of said website is and type that down in the searchbar instead. So not only does this not yield any positive effects, it's relatively easy to work around, which makes it pointless.

With all of America's flirting with fascism in recent years and increasingly sinister activities, it's becoming increasingly apparent that our country is little by little being bought out by these corporations and ruled BY them. If this bill passes, no one will be able to deny this any longer. Considering all the people on the rise to oppose this bill, not only the good citizens of America but countless people in other parts of the world, as well as many industries that support the growth of the internet and oppose the bill, the only way this bill can pass is if the corporations supporting it somehow do prove to be too powerful, which if they do, will be the final nail in the coffin as the spirit of America as we once knew it finally dies. Congressmen would HAVE to be under the thumb of these corporations in order to shy away from supporting their own voters and choose the support of a few lobbyists.

I don't think it's any stretch to say that this bill would effectively cripple our modern civilization. We are so dependent on the internet in this day and age that if it was suddenly so difficult to use because this site or that site just vanishes, we're basically being kicked back into the 90s. This is our lightbulb. This is our phonograph. Without it, we would regress technologically. I know may be a little over dramatic about all this.... but there really is too much at stake here for us to let this pass. Some like to think such a thing is outrageous, if not downright implausible, and could never succeeed, but it is indeed on the verge of passing.

Thankfully, Ron Wyden is going to propose a rewritten version of the bill that is much more specific, fair, and in turn, smarter. Let's hope it passes in the form.

If it does pass through congress in its current form, Obama just may be the country's last hope. If he decides not to veto it, though... god help us all. enjoy your freedom for the next day, 'cause you just may lose it the day after tomorrow.

>sigh< all this drama so a few butthurt rich folk can sell a few more useless plastic disks.
  • Mood: Panic
  • Listening to: Phil Collins- Son of Man
  • Watching: The Thing
  • Playing: Sonic generations
  • Eating: PB&amp;J
  • Drinking: Skim
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Obama did say he'd veto it if it ever reached his office.
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
The US seems pretty screwed at up at the highest levels right now. I mean, SOPA, the whole right to indefinitely detain US citizens thing, cancelling the space program, greedy corporate bastards actually getting what they want (see the SOPA act) and brainless and corrupt people (the worst combination. . . ) in power.

It begs the question, why isn't anything done about it? XP
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Because no matter how many citizens are enraged by these things, we're still worthless fleas in the eyes of those who rule this country. We don't matter, and there's little, if anything, we can do to truly change things.
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I'm surprised you guys haven't already begun to kick them the hell out of there. :O
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, when our economy gets back on track, we might restart the space program.

Or, it could just be the ponies sabotaging our space program so we won't find their cloaked ships on the dark side of the moon and discover their sinister plans for our planet!!! Damn you, Celestia!!! The human race will wake up and resist you!!!
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Dem ponies, man. :XD:

Well, cancelling the space program means that there's less jobs available. Not only do you benefit in scientific ways from sending people up there, not to mention the opportunities for more advanced/detailed maps of our own planet from orbital surveys and such, but there's the cleaners, the engineers and technicians, industrial designers, builders, the experts who research more efficient fuels, the suppliers of the materials, the actual astronauts, hell, maybe it even affects hotels and real estate nearby. Oh, wait, crap, that's all gone now. XP
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why would the ponies need our space program?! They have an entire fleet of ships!
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Because. . . crazy people believe that there's evil ponies waiting to invade the Earth from behind Luna? ;D
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
When the day finally comes and your body is transformed into a pony as your mind is reprogrammed to serve Celestia, then you'll believe me!!! You'll all believe me!!!
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burnoutprime7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
im sorry nick (can i call you nick?) but you really got me pissed off and worried about this. as i said before. i wake up and went on deviantart to see whats new and the i find this news!? and i thought the political system in the uk and ireland were bad. i almost didnt feel like acting for the school play when i think about this. i guess all i can do now is pray.
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TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Writer
I will never forgive the USA if the bill oasses, never.
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is horrible, and if it does pass, then the UK won't have any sense of "happiness" either especially that our own economy is not the greatest ;n;

I just don't want to remove my dA because I love being here and that I am a good artist and all. We better hope for the best *sigh*
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Well, thankfully, some changes appear to have been made by the bill. It seems sites ending with "com", "net" or "org" are not covered by the bill, only foreign websites that end with something different. That's still bad for people around the world, but it seems that websites like DeviantArt.COM may not be affected after all.
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burnoutprime7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so are you saying websites like face book youtube littlebigplante killzone and deviantart would be ok? if so THANK PRIMUS CELESTIA FLIPPY AND CHUCK NORISS FOR THAT. that would be the best news i heard all day. no really, i wake up this morning hering this bull s$%^, i almost didnt feel like acting today for my school play because of this. no offence, but i thought our pollitical system sucked (us in the uk and ireland)
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dlausactor6373 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You worship Celestia?! Don't you see this is all just another plan by the Equestrian Empire to sabotage our society?! SOPA will pass, and Celestia is behind it all!!! When human society has collapsed completely on 12/21/2012, Celestia and her pony armies will arrive from the stars to take full control of our planet!!! This is the dawn of New Equestria!!! They're coming, I tell you!!! The ponies are coming!!!
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh dear...I fear for websites in my land because some end in .uk here
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rcs619 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Some news: There have been some amendments and clarifications to the bill. Its still a bad idea, but it isn't nearly as bad as it was.

"Under Smith's amended bill, a judge would now have to order ad networks to stop doing business with a site deemed "dedicated" to various infringing activities. The original bill gave power directly to rights holders, who could make those demands on an ad network or payment processor."

"Lamar’s amendments also clarify that sites ending in .com, .org, and .net are not covered by the bill. Only foreign sites fall under SOPA’s wrath." (<-- That is probably the big one, at least to me)

So yeah, it is still a bad idea, and a fairly useless measure, but at least it really will not have as massive an effect as people were worried about. Assuming it even passes at all.

[link] There's the article those quotes come from.
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x-hog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
well, Many and Many petitions, signs and such are being made and MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people sign every SECOND.

Wyden's not the only one opposing the bill there, there was someone else....Something Clinton?
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kakyuuspark Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hillary Clinton.
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nitron100 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
[link] <--- they made some changes :L
good changes, or bad, it has to die off
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noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I hold little faith in Obama upholding the constitutional rights given some of his track record. I doubt this will go through, BUUUUT there is alot of lobby muscle behind it. So IDK what to think. All I know is I don't want to spend $1.29 each for a hundred songs.
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
The way I see it whether it passes or not this whole things going going to blow up in their collective faces. What upsets me are the people who just sit back and say they can't change anything so they're just going to sit there.
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BatboyEXE Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I hope it doesn't pass. I love this site, youtube, and your voice (what? It's nice), along with TGWTG and others.
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rcs619 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
To be fair, the main threat of SOPA isn't that it specifically has the power to kill any website, it is that the bill itself is worded so broadly.

The biggest concern is that the broad wording of SOPA could be used to trump fair use laws, which are what allows movie/videogame reviewers, videogame let's play'ers and more to show copyrighted content en masse to the rest of the internet. They're doing it for the purposes of satire and/or review, which is protected under fair use.

If SOPA's anti-streaming section is limited to sites that illegally stream entire cam-rips of movies, then it isn't really a problem. However, if it is abused and is allowed to infringe into the domain of fair-use (which is kind of gray at times anyway), then it becomes a major problem, and a serious threat to legitimate sites. Then fan-art, movie reviews, let's plays and more are potentially in danger.

The groups supporting SOPA are a problem as well. MPAA, the RIAA, and so on have always abused any power given to them to its furthest legal edge. I have no doubt they will do the same with SOPA.
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kakyuuspark Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to butt in,but who are the MPAA and the RIAA?
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rcs619 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Motion Picture Association of America. I believe the RIAA is the Recording Industry Association of America (I forget if that's the actual name though). The people who make movies and music respectively.

The RIAA is especially notorious for their aggressive lawsuits where they ask for ridiculous amounts of money (often thousands of dollars per downloaded song) in the hopes of scaring the people they are suing into a cash settlement outside of court. They used laws and legal practices designed to fight large-scale internet piracy, and applied them to individuals.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist
I have no idea who the RIAA are, but I've known about the MPAA for years, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is the corporation that gives films their PG and R ratings.
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kakyuuspark Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay ^^

Thank you :D
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Innodence Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you are preaching to the choir with this stuff man so what if we built our own design of legos or something like a new rendition of rudolph the red nosed reindeer. how the F!@# are they going to be able to shut it down without kicking everything off the internet. and just because there are several million people on the internet doesn't mean each one has only ONE account, and who knows! maybe if everyone sends out stuff that goes under Minor copyright infringement at the same time for a week, we can make them rethink what the F@#$ they're trying to cover up. yes i agree that some things should be censored, but there is an actual clause or something that says CAUTION: INTERNET MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME INDIVIDUALS AND MORMENS :P I mean seriously, WHAT THE F!@# do they think people are gonna do when they can't express themselves without fines up and down their a**es? heres a list :)
Spray paint
riots
more heavy metal music
more riots
withdraw of investment in united states
Making a bad face on the united states instead of keeping it inside like now
kim kardation getting richer from claiming ownership
d@&$#bags everywhere
vandalism
rich get rich
poor get snubbed
rich lawyers
ETC
again preaching to the choir, good day to you.
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EdgedWeapon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Artist
This is just another symptom of what's been going on for a while. The big corporations are digitising everything because re-selling an old videogame or buying a new one second hand is legal, but redistributing digitised stuff is "Piracy". They go on and on about how this hurts the artist or the creators, but they don't get that much of a cut of the final product anyway, most of it just goes to the corporation. And that's only if the creators aren't actually employed by the company to create stuff, in which case, they get nothing but their fixed wage.

This is just the top 5% that controls 99% of all the world's wealth trying to scrounge up a few more bucks. Bunch of Ebenezer Scrooges.
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TheDaoStar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Hollywood's retarded. After Jack and Jill I realized that mostly those studios aren't even trying too create art anymore.
Also, goodbye meeting those amazing artist that are wandering the web and I just found you too...
And now the internet has to die...
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Actually Directors are killing Hollywood. Did you know after a writer finishes a script they no longer have say or control over how it is used or changed? Basically those proposed movies that seemed cool and flopped are usually result of someone constantly changing it beyond the initial point. Avatar: The last airbend are Eragon are two that come to mind off the bat.
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TheDaoStar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Wait... Seriously, that explains so much.
Thanks, I've always thought the authors at least explained what the scenes were about.
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I write screen plays and scripts and when i found that out I kinda gave up with the movie aspect of writing. Seriously, unless the director deliberately chooses to confer with the writer they get no power. That's kinda why J.K Rowling fought so hard to have a say in the Harry Potter movies and they were good. Whilst Eragon was the biggest insult to the books.
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Yeah, but Eragon is an insult to literature, so. . . meh. XD
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I hope you don't mean the actual books cause they were actually well done for the standards of the genre and audience range.
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MagicallyFlaccid Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Oh, I mean the books. XD

I mean, the vast majority of the characters are cardboard cutouts, the plot is taken from Star Wars, the magic system is taken from Earthsea, there's entire scenes and plot points taken from Eddings' work, and there's some pretty screwed up moral messages in there, not to mention that very little to none of the original ideas in the book are actually any good. >___> Oh, and the flowery, purple prose in unbearable. :3
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
"In a world where everything has been done. We writers who must continue on are left with few original ideas that can't be connected with another's work."

Well that's a shame you don't like them, maybe I just give it a bit more credit since I like dragons. Beside Eragon, I hope you've read better works by authors like Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Peter F Hamilton or David Weber?
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Persian-Yank Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
SOPA can go to hell!
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Arkenova Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Screw Hollywood. They're nothing but greedy sons of guns.
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MetalNazo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Rather is passes or not, it makes no difference to me, those people just have more power then us and will do as they please.
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Darkness2399 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
metal by remaining docile you're only helping it that much more. Not to shove you in any one direction but remaining neutral never solves anything.
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MetalNazo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Why not? I've tried to make stands before and they've all failed, because the people with power won, and the little person/people didn't.

It just doesn't matter to me anymore.
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Chris1248 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Id be more worried about this other thing that lets the government impose martial law and all that under the disguise of being anti terrorist. Its sort of like the patriot act on steroids. But with Facebook and Google backing the anti SOPA bill movement, i really doubt that they will do anything. Specially since most of the companies that lobby for it more than likely offer pirating software themselves. Viacom is one such hippocrate, so yeah.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Well, that other law is like the next step, I think. We can worry about that next, though if THAT passes, we're all fucked 'cause the government will be able to unjustly detain anyone it doesn't like.
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Chris1248 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats why i have dual citizenship. Things go down adios muchachos.
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Chris1248 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its not going to pass, it goes against the constitution and all that jazz.
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