As most of us already know SOPA will change the internet for the worse if the bill gets passed. Company's like FaceBook, Google and Twitter are threatening (and most likely doing) to shut down there websites for 24 hours. (please let me know what other company's will be shutting down their websites)
As for as I know (and that's not very far on the case of which website will be protesting SOPA) Reddit will also be closing for 12 hours. They are also asking for the major porn (don't worry this post is save for work) sites to close down. Just shutting down all porn websites for 10 minutes would already resolve in millions of people not being able to watch the content and huge financial issues. Imagine if those site would all join the protest against SOPA! (in total that could already sum up 70% (my estimate) of all the internet daily usage)
But this does beg the question, is it ok to just shut down the biggest websites in the world just to get what you want? Isn't this terrorism? There will be MAJOR financial losses following these action, people won't be able to get to anything online (since Google is the biggest search engine and pretty much a standard to the majority) if they absolutely need it! (what if you got injured and you need to know how to treat it before going to the doctor, to me I'd Google it ASAP)
To my mind it depends on the subject at hand, a bill which would change the internet for the worse and filling it with millions of SOPA blocked links or content should be stopped. Heck even U.S.A. told China that they couldn't censor their internet and now they want to do it them self? Use your brain people!
Piracy isn't 100% about stealing, it actually helps people like me make the choice of buying something or not. Whenever I want to listen to a song I don't want a 90 second preview on iTunes, I want to listen to the full song! With games and movies you don't want to spend $20-%60 just to find out that you hate it! (and yes I do know that there are services like GameStop and that we can go to the cinema to watch a movie without paying the full price (though still expensive consumptions)).
What about you?
Please let the community know what your thought is on SOPA and company's closing their website because of this, is the the right thing to do or an act of terrorism (noun, the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.)
asked Jan 10 '12 at 19:43
sopa has far more to do with censoring what we get to see, read, and hear than it does with protecting copy right holders. this bill must not be allowed to pass. if you want the truth the years piracy was at it's highest so were these companies profits at their highest, and when these same companies profits were at their lowest piracy was at it's lowest.
My plans on Boycotting SOPA is that I'm creating a new site, but I'm not using GoDaddy. Oh hell no, after they supported SOPA, please, I'm taking my business elsewhere. If they really close Google, YouTube, Facebook, i'm raging. If they pass SOPA, i'm raging more. SOPA sucks, to be frank, why is America even thinking about it. We're contradicting ourselves. As @Dr Giggles said, who are we to tell China, they can't block sites, yet we're doing it. This is some more 1984 bull that we're supposed to avoid. I'm glad that I'm moving to the Dominican where they don't think of things like this.
answered Jan 10 '12 at 20:15
DJ Scooby Doo
SOPA is one of those government gimmicks that is trying to take control of the freedoms we have. I am not a content producer, but I have friends who are. I feel that a government regulated internet is wrong and would do more harm than good. If SOPA was passed, sites like this may be taken down or at least reduced down to almost nothing.
answered Jan 11 '12 at 19:29
The scary thing about the internet is that Google, Facebook, Twitter etc. could all go offline at any moment, and release all of the personal information we have given to them, including passwords. This means that if you are using a lot of Google products like I am, I could lose control of my E-Mail, lose all of my saved Picasa pictures, lose my website, lose my blog, lose the ability to search the internet, lose the ability to watch YouTube videos, or create new YouTube videos, and the list goes on. It's really scary if you think about it, however the chances of something like this happening permanently are extremely small.
Anyway, to answer you question, here's the problem. A few people think that they are losing money due to the internet, and want to stop it. So, they spend a day together and come up with a way that will possibly solve their problem, and then present it to someone and I don't really know what happens then. Anyway, the point of the matter is, a couple of people are trying to benefit a little bit over the billions of other people that will suffer from this law. And take a look at DRM, it kind of worked, but the code should have been written by the same people that wrote the codecs, not the people that are trying to make music.
My favorite example is the person that spilled McDonald's coffee on themselves. In a 'normal' world the employee would say sorry, give the person some napkins, and perhaps offer another free coffee is the place had good customer service. But instead, the person that spilled the coffee got upset and sued McDonald's. She not only received a lot of money, but also forced those "caution hot" signs on everything we see. Not only does this benefit her though, McDonald's and all of it's customers now have to suffer the consequences of this case. The restaurant must now pay off all of this money, and on top of that buy new machines that probably cost slightly more per cup to produce, and they must throw away all the old cups. So all the other customers have to pay a fraction of a cent because one person couldn't get over the fact that she spilled coffee on herself.
answered Jan 13 '12 at 00:58