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parislemon:

Marco Arment has this exactly right. We may have beaten these variations of SOPA and PIPA, but the sad fact of that matter is that they — or something like them — will eventually pass. 

Obviously, all things being equal, such bills should never pass. But all things aren’t equal. As with most things, this is actually all about money. The MPAA and the other content lobbies are going to continue to pump money into this until they get what they want.

And again, they will. Consider this: SOPA and PIPA came this close to passing with MPAA head Chris Assclown Dodd banned from direct lobbying. Why is he banned? Because there’s a law that requires politicians to be two years out of office before they can lobby.

Dodd vacated his U.S. Senate seat on January 3, 2011. In a year, he’ll be able lobby all he wants. He’ll be able to directly buy the support of all his former colleagues. He spent 36 years in Washington as both a Senator and Congressman. You think that doesn’t matter? He’s going to be the best lobbyist ever. Which is exactly why the MPAA picked him. 

Arment’s hope that people stop supporting the MPAA by stopping watching films clearly isn’t going to happen. But the idea of supporting campaign finance reform to eliminate bullshit lobbying is a good one.

Why is our government ruining our country? (It’s too early to get this irritated! gar!) 

occupyallstreets:

The FBI has shutdown of the world’s largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.

The site has claimed it is diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material. MegaUpload is one of the websites on the MPAA’s rogue list’. 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is arguably the biggest supporter of SOPA/PIPA and has spent millions in lobbying for the bills. 

MegaUpload is fighting back  in court and have filed a countersuit against Universal Music Group.

(via socialuprooting)

I’m really psyched by the propublica news and graphics showing the great shift of opinion on these bills. 

But…

It’s important to remember that while there are now around 150 who oppose, and only around 65 who are supporting the bills, there are still over 300 members of congress who haven’t committed one way or the other.  

Let’s be proud of what’s been accomplished, but let’s also not fool ourselves into thinking this issue has been won. SOPA/PIPA still have many supporters, and you can also be sure that those supporters are just going to rewrite, rebrand, and retry to get this through. 

The “black-out” day and other campaigns over the past few months have shown what the people can accomplish when we work together and make ourselves heard. But we need to stay vigilant. The fight’s not over; it’s probably just beginning.

oohhcomely:

shortformblog:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved against a group of suspected online pirates Thursday, targeting the popular file-sharing website megaupload.com a day after Washington lawmakers were besieged by complaints about legislation designed to crack down on the online sharing of pirated copies of music, movies and other material, people familiar with the matter said.

Investigators said there was no connection between arrests in their two-year investigation and the political firestorm that erupted this week over a pending vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act.

This is a big deal, and even if it’s not related to SOPA, the timing certainly does a lot to put it on the minds of those worried about the law.

woahwoahwoah, slow the fuck down, what is going on? 

Great, adding fuel to the fire.

(via lacomeobejas)

God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests. There’s been no greater supporters of him than we’ve been from the first day and the first fundraisers continuing until he was elected. We all were pleased. And, at its heart institutionally, Hollywood supports the Democrats. Now we need the administration to support us. This is a very important time for Hollywood. The issue at hand — piracy — is a legitimate concern. But Google and those Internet guys have been swiftboating the entertainment industry by saying we’re trying to shut down the Internet just because we don’t want them to advertise pirated movies.

Hollywood’s Obama Donors On President’s Piracy Stand: Not Give A Dime Anymore (via joshuanguyen)

While this makes sense, the first sentence, which I put in bold, strikes me as a bit gross. It’s a good indication of how many see politics working: We give you money; you do what we want.

Whatever happened to the realization that a Democracy is essentially about compromises. You won’t get everything you want, but most people will (should?) get most of what they want. It’s working for the greater good (and not just a great good). 

But maybe I’m just reading into this. If they just laid off the emphasis of money and donations, I’d feel a lot better about the quote. Also, I find it a bit annoying since I’m not under the impression that any Hollywood moguls or starving. 

(via reuters)

newsweek:

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cwnl:

Attention Followers: In light of the SOPA and PIPA bills and the global internet protesting happening effective 12 am tomorrow (Jan. 18th 2012), this blog is blacking out(no posts for 24 hours) in solidarity for the day with a redirect link to info on how you can make a change and contact your elected representatives. I also will not be featuring any science posts for the day either. Sorry for any upcoming inconvenience. You ought to follow suit.