Freitag, 20. Januar 2012

Internet 1 : 0 SOPA - 4,5+ Million Protesters and counting

Hey Guys,

I just received this e-mail from the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) regarding the SOPA and PIPA laws that they want to enforce in the USA, and with the internet being an international place, practically international.
(SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act) (PIPA - Protect Intelectual Property Act)

In case you went for a Bear Grylls Adventure on January 18th 2012 (read: wednesday) and were cut off from all internet (except Facebook, that is), that may not be due to you camping: According to the e-mail, "Over 100,000 websites went black as citizens sent millions of emails to Congress to show opposition to the blacklist bills". Most famous member of the blackout-protest was the english Wikipedia that, like for example reddit, minecraft.net, memebase.com and many other websites went black from 8am to 8pm EST on Wednesday.

read more after the break.


"Dear ******,
Thank you for urging your members of Congress to reject the Internet Blacklist Legislation (PROTECT-IP in the Senate and SOPA in the House). We've got big news. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just declared that he is postponing a vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) scheduled for Tuesday. And in the House of Representatives, Rep. Lamar Smith issued a statement conceding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) wasn't ready for prime time either.

The blacklist bills are falling to pieces as we speak.

And it's all thanks to you. Our members took part in one of the largest online protests in history. Over 100,000 websites went black as citizens sent millions of emails to Congress to show opposition to the blacklist bills. The EFF action platform generated over 1 million emails to Congress in a single day.

Congress heard you. Our elected officials are learning that online censorship regimes won't solve the "piracy" problem, and we're not going to let up. When it comes to sacrificing our rights to publish and access information online, there can be no compromise. "Piracy" is a business problem that needs a business solution, not lopsided legislation that favors big content industries over our Constitutional rights.

EFF fights for online freedom through netroots activism campaigns, building technologies to safeguard online rights, and fighting bad laws in the courtroom. Will you consider a donation so we can continue our work of fighting for the users

We'd love it if you also left a celebratory note on your social networks:
The Internet spoke and Congress finally listened! https://eff.org/r.Q6m #SOPA #PIPA via @eff

Beating the blacklist bills is just one part of our larger strategy of defending privacy, free speech and innovation. We're going to be launching a campaign to fix the broken copyright system. And we're going to need your help to do it. So please stay tuned.

Defending your digital rights,

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, and the rest of the EFF anti-blacklist crew
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You may also be interested in this overshadowed threat coming live from Europe to you:



The problem with the SOPA and consorts is, infact, that their definitions are more wide-spread then mine on this blog (which isn't a good thing by nature), or so the saying goes. By the way, This all reminds me just to well of this video:

Which has to be the *worst* hypohondric Anti-Piracy Ad ever.


What are your thoughts on this "CyberGeddon"?

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