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What The Heck is Going On?!
If you've been around to sites like Google, Wikipedia and other American-run websites today you've probably already seen some of the SOPA & PIPA Blackout.
SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (The Protest Intellectial Property Act) are two American bills which were created to give the US Government and the Entertainment Industry the power to stop people from distributing copyrighted material over the internet.
This is a GREAT idea! Everyone knows that Stealing is wrong and when you create something, it's yours to give away or profit from as you see fit.
Just one problem. That is NOT what SOPA and PIPA would really do. Not to over-simplify but SOPA and PIPA would basicly give the US Government the ability to block sites that the Entertaiment Industry feel are doing something wrong without any oversight, so you don't have to go to court or even get a warrant. They would do this in a way that threatens freedom of speech and even the internet itself.
The worst part is that SOPA and PIPA were written by people who don't really understand how the internet works so it would kill legit sites but the hackers and pirates would keep on stealing and it wouldn't do a thing to slow them down.
We want to stop piracy, not break the internet.
We're throwing our voices in with hundreds of thousands of others world-wide and asking the US Government to hear us and make sure that these bills do not become laws. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th.
If you want to know more details about SOPA and PIPA I suggest you check out GOOGLE's STOP SOPA AND PIPA page.
amerikaz laws & organizations gives censorship cos they received too many protests by:
1- old gentlemen & gentlewomen that hate video games (aka puritans);
2- some users that got viruses from internet and\or got ripped-off;
3- Smilesoft (because of the "pokemon" diamond bootleg that was sold);
well, that thing about piracy is a GREAT B.S., so I'll explain the difference between a hacker (the good meaning not the bad one) and a web-piate:
- A hacker's a guy who, throught manipulations, changes something and if he spreads it, it does it freely, without money earning;
- A Pirate instead, is a guy who STEALS material, manipulates it ONLY FOR MONEY, and rips-off people and then uses his money for crime;
Do you know why REALLY mgauplod got closed?
It was closed because a pirate uploaded some secret FBI files in that site, they got worried and angry so they closed the site for security problem, they don't give a nothin if people download material from internet, they do it too, anyway tha work here's no piracy, because nobody pays and nobody gets ripped-off.
Plus, do you know Nintendo games got famous EXPECIALLY for hacks, otherwise they won't have sold anything (or a lot less).
I left this forum.