call for freedom... (in Off-topic)

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 22 2011 1:13 PM EST

i made the call, since my congressman happens to be lamar smith i doubt it will do much good but it was definitely worth the effort.

if you've no idea of what i am speaking of, check the news section. ; )

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] November 22 2011 1:16 PM EST

I don't know how any intelligent person on either side of the political lines would vote for this bill. I'm going to keep a list of everyone who ever voted for this bill in either the Senate or House so I can be sure to never vote for them.

QBsutekh137 November 22 2011 8:44 PM EST

Why all the secrecy!!!! Deleting posts? Abomination!

I'm done, delete this post, too. Double test. :P

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] November 22 2011 8:55 PM EST

Only full admins can edit news items.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 22 2011 9:08 PM EST

perhaps the test is for me, or the test was a clever bump? ; 0

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 22 2011 9:21 PM EST

honestly though people, use the links above to make the calls and then post here. it is easy to talk in the forums about what you believe but take some action! ; )

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 22 2011 9:52 PM EST

for those who missed why it was ironic that my call went to lamar smith.

hakaz November 23 2011 5:49 AM EST

and this is my first post (and probably my last) in the forums, but here's another way to fight for internet's freedom:

cheers hakaz

AdminNightStrike November 23 2011 8:12 AM EST

Wow, dude.. A member since 2005, and one forum post. That has to be some kind of record :) I mean, especially since you're stlil here and active.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw November 28 2011 3:22 PM EST

Doesn't this infringe upon our rights as american citizens, freedom of speech? I believe anything on the internet is a product of the mind, therefore should be accessable to everyone the same way museums showcase their art.
This bill just goes to show how greedy corporations can get. They are already rich beyond belief, and now they want all american citizens to suffer because someone is too broke to purchase their works?
If my access to the internet is to be censored, I'm sailing to Jamaica. I won't be here when America turns into a police-state.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] November 28 2011 5:35 PM EST

What if I publish "Finding Nemo" on the internet. That's clearly wrong. The problem with that bill is that if I posted an illegal download of "Finding Nemo" on CB, it places the responsibility on Jon/NS to make sure it gets taken down. The responsibility of google to make sure a link to it doesn't turn up in a search, and finally the responsibility of your respective ISPs to either block the bad site, or a specific part of a site. It's basically like saying, as a US citizen, it's your responsibility to actively hunt down criminals, like as if we're all cyber cops and it's our job.... and that's where the problem lies.

Man, saying this aloud makes it sound even more retarded.

Lord Bob November 28 2011 5:42 PM EST

It's basically like saying, as a US citizen, it's your responsibility to actively hunt down criminals, like as if we're all cyber cops and it's our job....
Excellent analogy!

Demigod November 28 2011 6:46 PM EST

Man, saying this aloud makes it sound even more retarded.

You said it aloud as you typed it?

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 28 2011 6:48 PM EST

he's an admin now, he dictates it to his free secretary! ; 0

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] November 28 2011 9:06 PM EST

he's an admin now, he dictates it to his free secretary!

Yeah, I spoke it to Bast!

(please, please don't kill me, like really please don't)

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] December 15 2011 8:18 PM EST

I think this is all clean. I skimmed.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] December 16 2011 5:22 PM EST

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] December 16 2011 7:06 PM EST

BREAKING NEWS: Because of immense public pressure, the House Judiciary Committee cancelled their vote on the bill that would kill Internet innovation and free speech -- and adjourned for the rest of the year!

Over the last 36 hours, over 97,000 people signed our joint petition with reddit against this bill, and thousands more called their representatives. The Internet fought back to protect the Internet -- and we won, for now.

Now, we need to assemble our Internet army for next year, when this horrible bill will come up again. Can you help us reach 100,000 signers on the petition?

PETITION TO CONGRESS: Don't let big corporations use lobbyists and government regulations to block innovators from inventing the next reddit, YouTube, or Google. Protect free speech and innovation online.

NOTE: After you sign, you'll get activism emails from the PCCC -- including informing you when your representatives will vote on this horrible bill next year.

BACKGROUND: An Open Letter from Top Innovators

We've all had the good fortune to found Internet companies and nonprofits in a regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online.

However we're worried that the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act ラ which started out as well-meaning efforts to control piracy online ラ will undermine that framework.

These two pieces of legislation threaten to:

Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;
Deny website owners the right to due process of law;
Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and
Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.

We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let's not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had.

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square
Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal
Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation
Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter
Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!
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