I called my senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.
Mark Kirk currently supposedly has no position on PIPA. I called and a nice woman listened to my posistion, my reasons, and why I would be watching for how Kirk would be handling this piece of legislation.
I called Dirk Durbin’s office who is a co-sponsor of PIPA. I started explaining my posistion and the guy told me to hold on and then hung up on me. When I called back he again told me to hold right away and hung up on me. Either the guy doesn’t know how to work the phones or they are deliberatly hanging up on me. I’m calling back later.
Dirk Durbin or Dick Durbin? lol
Did you ever end up not getting hung up on?
The Wiki, et. al strike has started. If you’re on FB, use this as your profile pic for the next 24 hours.
“Dirk Durbin or Dick Durbin? lol”
Being two-faced just wasn’t enough for politicians…
I want to write to my congressman and senators about this, but I wanted to run something by you folks and see if I’m going too far. I definitely want to write about how this affects me, since I plan to start up a website in a few months, and also explain why I think this is such a bad idea, but I also want to write that if these congressmen don’t oppose SOPA and PIPA, I will vote for their opponents, regardless of party. Is that too much?
EDIT: Never mind. Answered my own question in reading things online. I realize it’s better to simply try to convince them why we’re against SOPA and PIPA.
avaaz.org is a good campaigning site
Along the lines of not sharing information and people profiting from that (not the artist in question because that person is DEAD)… whaaaa????
the mpaa calls the black out protest an irresponsible stunt. srsly? the chairman and ceo of the mpaa is former connecticut senator chris dodd, for 30 years one of the senate’s leading shills for wall street and corporate america, finally forced out of office by the Countrywide Financial scandal
so wikipedia blackout, general internet protest = abuse of power
flagrant disregard for the first amendment, kowtowing to wealthy corporations, treating everyone as if they are guilty until proven innocent, China’s censorship laws, hearings closed to anyone who might oppose = “working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals.” fuck this guy
The MPAA absolutely must be destroyed with extreme prejudice, and hopefully soon. This has glaringly been the case for years, but this^^ helps to fervently italicize what a moral, intellectual, and sociopolitcal grotesquerie the organization is.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa, Chris Dodd…. WE’RE corporate pawns?!?!?!?!
Seriously – WHAAAAT???
And Re: extending copyrights, COME ON!!! WTF congress! Screw the government!!!
according to cbs news over 8 million people looked up their congresspeople through wikipedia’s link yesterday. google’s online petition drew 4.5 million signatures. forbes says18 senators have changed their positions, including 2 co-sponsors of the bill. let’s not forget it took another huge corporate industry to mobilize people to fight this. and good work but this is NOT over. sopa/pipa will be back in some form
If there wasn’t money to be made, no one would give a flying fuck about sharing information.
Digital is extremely hard to pinpoint that way. But they’re going to try to clamp it down.
Re: Ruby’s post – :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D!!!!!!!!!!!!
One member of Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, who opposes the bills, said the unprecedented blackouts had “turned the tide against a backroom lobbying effort by interests that aren’t used to being told no.”
Issa is pushing for consideration of his own plan, the OPEN Act, addressing the matter. (OPEN Act: An experiment in digital democracy).
From the CNN article here.
Backroom lobbying — NO!!!!
Excerpt and a really salient point:
The main thing that makes the OPEN Act different is its presentation. The full text of the proposed bill is available at an easy-to-use website, KeepTheWebOpen.com. And, most important, people who go to that website can annotate the bill with comments and suggestions for its author, much like they would a Wikipedia document. There’s a field where you can submit your e-mail address to receive updates about changes to the bill and its path through the maze that is our legislative process.
GOOD Magazine argues in a recent post that this online presentation is a revolution in participatory democracy:
The site functions like a combination of Wikipedia and any familiar commenting system: Click a sentence in the bill and add your changes. Though ultimate authorship will fall to (Darrell) Issa, user markups and comments are expected to make their way to the draft presented to the congressional committee. Whether or not the bill makes any headway in Congress, the hands-on drafting of the OPEN Act offers a glimpse of the future of constituent engagement and legislative sausage-making.
Maybe that doesn’t sound crazy-innovative. But it’s way different from the norm.
“It’s like coming up with a plan to prevent teen pregnancy that includes filling penises with cement.”
—Jon Stewart on SOPA
^ HA HA HA HA
internet wins: SOPA and PIPA both shelved
Although it would have been a little bit more fun if it had gone to a vote and lost hugely, but I’m not complaining.
a handy guide to the ignorant campaigns Hollywood has waged against new technologies since the industry’s founders ripped off Thomas Edison’s patents and fled to California.
ok guys this isn’t over; here’s the deal. isps will start policing copyright by july 1st
A possible outcome of this is simply that we’ll have more independent third-party ISPs develop. Where I live there are already a couple and recent years of bad press have sent people from the regular service providers to these local guys. However, nobody has really had “issues” with the ISPs here in that the ISPs have never tried cutting off their access due to their use of that access. Once ISPs start playing those sorts of games, you will get distressed consumers searching for more, say, open-minded Internet providers.
I can also see how this type of action will… essentially… cause more problems for film and music industries. Many independent studios and production companies download, and often, and often for things like reference materials or assets that are not typically used in the final render. In other words, ISPs will see a large amount of “pirate” activity occurring from a particular source, shut it down, and then get a call from a distressed production company with a 24 hour deadline to submit final renders for some multimillion dollar movie. Natch.
-The music industry has in fact lost $8billion in revenues from piracy.
-The other “content creator” industries have not, and
-there’s no accounting for what they “could” have made, so we’re stuck with the real numbers.
-A160gb iPod classic fully loaded with pirated music alone is ‘worth’ $8billion in litigation under current copyright laws, which means the litigations are too harsh.
haha lawyer math. here’s a slightly less frightening article than the last one i posted. possibly copyright cops will be too busy chasing down transformers and the hangover thieves to pay too much attention to those of us interested in obscure art films (which they very likely have little to no stake in?)
A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. and this is just hella cool B-)