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avatar Zaralith
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Greetings PMC

As someone with a degree and job in the computing industry, allow me to enlighten you from my research.

First, SOPA = PIPA(PRO-IP). SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, is the House of Representatives version of a potential 'solution' to online piracy. PRO-IP, or the Protect IP Act, is the Senate proposal for how to halt online piracy of media. Both of these initiatives are funded by the entertainment industry which feels that it is losing large volumes of money to digital piracy, this being primarily TV, movies, and music, though games and print are in there to a lesser extent.

What SOPA and PRO-IP do is give powers to copyright holders to force a site down for infringing copyrighted material. The weapons that these potential bills give are varied and dangerous, though the wording is far too loose to be safe. The biggest reason that these are dangerous is that they would give copyright holders the power to decide what is infringement, instead of following minor things like freedom of speech and fair use.

What could happen is that copyright holders (say a record company) decide that they do not like the video you posted of yourself whistling one of their songs in the shower on YouTube. YouTube is told that they must take the video down, or else. The law says that if YouTube tries to do so, they are immune to further retaliation from the copyright holder. If they do not, the copyright holder can tell the people that post ads on YouTube not to do so, they can make the company that processes payments stop, they can tell Google not to link to them, they can tell your service provider not to allow the domain to translate. All of these would kill a website very quickly, unless a method to get around these were used.

There are already several programs and plugins that do just that, since they do not have the power to actually bring YouTube down, just burn the roads there. You would still be able to directly connect to the website with an IP address (that crazy string of numbers that you use to connect to a Minecraft server sometimes) if you knew it, and there are some programs that already bypass the US domain servers. This would also not stop piracy, because they would just do the same thing they have always do.

Something stupid is that provisions against individual piracy already exist, like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is what is used by YouTube if you decide that your sweet Minecraft video would be cooler with Daft Punk in the music. When you do this, you will be told that your video contains copyright material and is not allowed. This is not the sort of thing that needs to be attacked as piracy. Piracy that should be attacked is where a site would have instances like that that were original content, that being a few among many, instead of where the original and fair use content was the many among the few.

Because of the powers provided to special interest groups and the absence of due process and checks and balances, not to mention the potential undermining of the security of the internet backbone that would be required of the DNS system to allow this sort of work, this set of initiatives cannot be allowed to pass. As you may have already heard, Wikipedia and Reddit are both going to be dark on 1/18/2012, which is the day that there will be a discussion within the capitol regarding these proposals.

The voting will not take place until approximately 1/23/2012 and neither of these have passed at this time. Specifically, the portion regarding modification of the Domain Name System has been criticized by the White House and is set to be removed from the proposals. The most likely outcome if they do manage to become bills to be voted on by the House and Senate instead of simply being created in committees is that the two proposals would be combined in some form.

In support of the protests for something that is not nearly well enough thought out to safely be made into a law (they have no-one thinking like the bad guy about this), I am going to be shutting my Minecraft and Terraria servers down for the day this Wednesday. I request that all server owners join and host some sort of protest of this act, whether it be shutting your servers off for the day, changing your Message of the Day, or hosting a building contest, please do something to fight this potential legislation.

TL;DR: SOPA = PIPA, Both can break the internet without oversight, they are not well-thought, my servers will be down Wednesday, join me.
CreditTotalHalibut for making the video that I am using, Cyprezz for the banner linkage, You for manning the harpoons
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  • ReaCraft
  • Level 29
  • Expert Nerd
  • April 28, 2013, 5:04 am
You should add something about CISPA
  • sigurd4
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Toast
  • March 2, 2013, 7:36 am
thanks! i have allways wondered about what SOPA and PIPA is. however, i dont really like how you write this like if everyone that reads this comes from USA. no offence.
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • March 3, 2013, 6:25 am
I write this to the users in the US as this US law is not something that users from other countries can actually affect in terms of bothering our government with a voice that they would pay attention to (yay selfish politicians)
  • gamermanz177
  • Level 22
  • Expert Skinner
  • January 4, 2013, 10:31 am
sopa also means loser in swedish
  • sigurd4
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Toast
  • March 2, 2013, 7:27 am
i think i have read exactley that somewhere! hmmm...!
minecraft logon screen ;)
  • ehdfawq3er
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • January 22, 2013, 8:31 am
SOPA can also mean carbage in swedish =3
Those jerks they took down minecraft.net for a night with nooooooo warning and here I am looking through a ton of blogs and then I find one that says that they are real jerks too.

PS. Nice protest that makes sense to me, and good luck! :}
Er... you are aware they didnt take Minecraft.net down?
Mojang did to protest against the idea!
First Freedom Of Speech With SOPA, And Now There Working On A Way To Get Rid Of The Rite To Bare Arms... Oh Der Der Der So People Who Need Protection Dont Get It?... No Some Of Those Cops Who DO NOT Need Guns, Are The Only Ones With Them...
  • RealShield
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • May 11, 2012, 8:16 pm
Why Do People Capitalize Every Single Word When It Is Not Correct Grammar Even Though They Think It Is.
Oh I Know 100% That Its Not It Just Looks Cool Exe:
"Notice In Skyrim, Oblivion And Minecraft All The Words Are Caped" ~Cool~
"Notice in skyrim, oblivion and minecraft all the words are caped" ~Too Normal~
  • RealShield
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • July 30, 2012, 1:44 pm
Notice in Skyrim, Oblivion, and Minecraft, all the words are caped. Too normal but it's using correct English.
  • sigurd4
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Toast
  • March 2, 2013, 7:28 am
true
  • fondelaar
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • June 4, 2012, 8:19 pm
sooooooooo annoying
I know!
  • fondelaar
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • October 21, 2012, 10:04 am
after 4 months you dont need to reply to my comment.
  • Rouge
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Geek
  • April 27, 2012, 11:01 am
Now we have CISPA... it passed in the House. :S
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • April 27, 2012, 11:11 am
Yes, unfortunately it did. It won't break anything functionality-wise, but it would mean that there is no such thing as privacy at all anymore.
  • iminer978
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Grump
  • October 30, 2012, 2:09 pm
HIDE THE PLAYBOY MAGAZINES!
  • Rouge
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Geek
  • April 27, 2012, 11:12 am
mhm, it's not good..hope it doesn't get passed again and be signed.
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • April 27, 2012, 11:37 am
'bama said he'd veto
  • Rouge
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Geek
  • April 27, 2012, 11:39 am
He said that to some other bill, then signed it. He also said he supported the bill, then said he'd veto it.
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • April 27, 2012, 11:42 am
Who knows. Zaralith for president!
  • Rouge
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Geek
  • April 27, 2012, 11:43 am
you have my vote.
  • PlanetGeek
  • Level 48
  • Master Wolf Whisperer
  • July 20, 2012, 11:41 pm
Me too. Me toooo... its not like I'm gonna hack the VOTES and make zaralith ACTUAL president... hmhmmhmhgchgc.. who WOULD THINK THAT? heh. heh. HEh. Muahah. muahah. MUAHAHHAH.... MAUHAHAAAHAAHHA
  • Mister_Iliya
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Spelunker
  • August 4, 2012, 4:22 am
Lol XD
  • Romeo11Jay
  • Level 28
  • Expert Narwhal
  • January 21, 2012, 5:15 pm
A Large Majority of Sopa and pipa Don't Even Know How To Use A Keyboard (No joke!) . So technically Sopa And pipa Only Know HALF Of what their doing! I have a feeling that sopa Is Having FUN Doing this!
  • benjamin406
  • Level 1
  • New Warrior
  • January 21, 2012, 1:16 pm
pipa is a bill made by people who don't even use computer i bet
  • sjcmbam
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • January 21, 2012, 1:48 am
SOPA is going to be the cancer of the internet
  • GastroDragon
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Turtle
  • January 21, 2012, 1:02 am
1 down 1 to go! STOP PIPA!
The good thing is that SOPA is dead. Search it from google.
"This is lawmaking we're talking about here. Not a frickin' text message conversation."

Who thinks this should be on the back of a T-shirt that has the stop SOPA and PIPA sign on the front?
  • Romeo11Jay
  • Level 28
  • Expert Narwhal
  • January 20, 2012, 6:55 pm
Sopa Is Like Putting TNT On The Internet!
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • January 20, 2012, 8:29 pm
SOPA is like putting Creepers in the internet. Endermen creeper jockeys.
  • benjamin406
  • Level 1
  • New Warrior
  • January 20, 2012, 2:16 pm
mega upload got shut down i heard
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • January 20, 2012, 8:28 pm
Yes, but that was just unfortunate timing. They have been trying to get them for years.
  • benjamin406
  • Level 1
  • New Warrior
  • January 20, 2012, 2:16 pm
i hate congress
pipa and sopa is bull crap
  • rockstar2k
  • Level 20
  • Expert Scribe
  • January 20, 2012, 12:14 pm
KICK ASS PMC!

DAMN STRAIGHT! lol
Sooo... *from now on, read this in strong british accent*
A few explanations and stuff.
Megaupload is down because of SOPA, because you could download games, movies and music from Megaupload.com

They actually had no rights whatsoever to shut it down and arrest workers, as Megaupload is not registered to the United States of America, but to New Zealand.
Barack Obama said to be against SOPA and PIPA. So all the people, who are against SOPA and PIPA now have a powerful ally on their side. (Btw, theres more than 200 million people against it. And yes, it is over 9000.)
Thousands of websites protest against SOPA by taking down the sites for 24 hours and posting links that redirect to sites from where citizens of the U.S.A can contact senators and explain that they are against SOPA.
However, if SOPA will pass, it will be catastrophic. Thousands, maybe millions of sites will be forced to shut down, including Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Google, Wikipedia. So I strongly recommend you to contact the goddamn goverment and tell them what they will be doing to the internet if they let SOPA and PIPA pass. It will be like Google+. Like a wasteland in Fallout.
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • January 20, 2012, 8:55 am
Actually, they have been trying to kill Megaupload for a while, they just now managed to do it. talk about timing.
Thanks for correcting me, I didnt know that. Talking about timing, by the way, I noticed that Anonymous started striking about 15 minutes after the media started to proclaim that FBI arrested people associated with Megaupload.

Sorry if I use wrong words, Im 13 and still learning english.
  • Eggzrgud
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 19, 2012, 3:39 pm
WTF!!!!! sopa and pipa be noooooob??????
screw sopa and pipa
  • Soul Priest
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Sailor
  • January 19, 2012, 6:03 am
I like trains.
  • Funnyman88
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Toast
  • January 19, 2012, 3:04 pm
i agree
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • January 19, 2012, 12:01 pm
Die Potato
  • Soul Priest
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Sailor
  • January 19, 2012, 4:28 pm
Not Today
  • TheRipper375
  • Level 29
  • Expert Blockhead
  • January 20, 2012, 12:06 am
*Gasp*
  • DylanOgle2
  • Level 41
  • Master Skinner
  • January 19, 2012, 1:51 am
F*** SOPA AND PIPA!!! THEY CAN BOTH SUCK MY D...

THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN FOUND FOR VIOLATION OF H.R. 3261, S.O.P.A. AND HAS BEEN REMOVED
  • SuperHornet
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • January 18, 2012, 9:19 pm
I still don't get how this become such a big fuss. It's just a law, You think blacks liked it when a law came to pass that they were officially slaves? Nope.
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • January 19, 2012, 12:04 pm
The big fuss is that this would break the way that the internet works in a way that would kill websites like PMC. This would be more like if a law like you mentioned was voted on today instead of after a people had been forcibly removed from their land.
  • oxSkittlezxo
  • Level 41
  • Master Nether Knight
  • January 19, 2012, 9:55 am
This comment was uncalled for
2012 really is the end of the world....
screw PIPA & SOPA
  • ieatdiamond
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • January 18, 2012, 5:13 pm
PIPA & SOPA?

hmm how about NOPA!
  • GoldenGuns
  • Level 24
  • Expert Blockhead
  • January 18, 2012, 5:00 pm
Sopa and Pipa are so bad creepers don't support them!
  • collon29
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • January 18, 2012, 5:27 pm
UR right creepers would rather be on steves side. Creepers support The WOLE ENTIRE MINECRAFT AND TNT
  • eels11
  • Level 1
  • New Nether Knight
  • January 18, 2012, 5:26 pm
LOL

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