Google will join Wednesday's anti-SOPA and anti–PROTECT IP Act (aka PIPA) protest by noting its opposition to the bills on its home page. "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor …
lets not forget that Piracy IS BAD... >:(
The only proper way to stop piracy is to price software at a *worthwhile* price, or even a shareware model.. :)
and selling hopeless software at an inflated price does not help!!! I have seen once good software(I mean graphics & sound, NOT 'net.. ) taken over by another company, and basically ruined by leaving out the best features!!!
(to say nothing about turning it into a slow memory hog...)
If you can successively **undercut** the pirates price for full quality stuff, you will drive them out of business!!
"If you can successively **undercut** the pirates price for full quality stuff, you will drive them out of business!!"
While I would agree that pirates who steal material for the sole purpose of selling it themselves are pretty much scumbags, how do you expect honest creators to undercut such pirates? Almost by definition pirates have at the very least significantly lower (if not zero) costs because they didn't pay to create the content they are selling.
registers their shareware, right?
Shut down Groupon!
Watch the world economy collapse!
Don't panic! I've got a copy of the Internet on a couple of floppy disks, its all fine.
And about time too. I mean she's hardly very Royal strutting around with her arse stuck out and that.
Why hasn't Facebook joined the blackout. I know SOPA only targets foreign sites - but that's for now, once entrenched and mission creep gets going, they will be found culpable of allowing users to share links to infringing copyright (ie youtube - assuming youtube hasn't been shut down).
Or is Facebook going to start disallowing links. Point of fact, the post SOPA internet will have to work without links, since that link you innocently put to show lolcat #26413 might have a link that links to a link with infringing copyright, making all those websites guilty of encouraging infringement.
Then Hollywood wins and the consumer loses (and those who create will be no better off thanks to Hollywood's well known creative accounting that shows nothing makes a profit ever).
SOPA and PIPA aren't anti piracy, they're pro control.
I think if you go to http://www.sopastrike.com/, you'll find that facebook is in there too.
You will also notice that a lot of individual facebookers have joined, so this means you have to search a bit, but "facebook.com/" is one of the participants...
I can still haz cheezburger
http://icanhascheezburger.com/ has not gone dark.
only Google.com has the black banner - so possibly only from blocked from the US...
(having said that I'm VPN'd via the US at present and got the "cats" sites as well)
I was just using Wikipedia as normal except that I cannot edit pages. It must depend on the URL that you have stored to access it.
you mean like this - http://i.imgur.com/bXtID.png ?
I'm alright Jack!
I knew my decision to not chuck out my copy of Encarta '95 would be vindicated. Take that Wikipedia!
Probably more accurate and up-to-date as well!
@auburnman: ROFLMAO.. :P
well it seems the 'blackout' only works in firefox!!!!!!! :) :)
- nah, I'm not using crappy exploder, or even the new, 'old-addon incapable' version higher than FF4... I can give you a list of my addons, if you want to tell me if they ALL work in FF10... only then will I be confident enough!
I am mostly using opera, due to its ease of use - EVERY single element of this can be customized, using only a text editor, and paintshop.. :)
when FF does ALL it does, I may switch totally.. meanwhile I only use FF for the problems opera has.. like hating being criticized(banning forum users for it!), behaving a bit like Steve Jobs(without the money!), removing well-loved features, and not doing fancy scripts like FF has always done... >:(
thats why its at the bottom... :p
Wait a sec
El Reg has Cheezburger fans amongst its number? Next you'll be telling me you're members on My Little Brony.
If the Moderatrix were still here, she'd love & tolerate the shit out of you for that comment.
MLP fans can go to hell
Cute kittehs for the win.
Really? Because I think this widdle puddy tat has your name written all over it. Yes, he does. Aww, look, he likes you!
Obama now says that he will not support the SOPA law. But the us government has forced minor governments across the globe to create similar laws.
For example the leaked cables clearly show that the spanish SINDE law is a clone of SOPA.. Its goes against our constitution, but just recently went "online".
These laws will put a brake to piracy, they will work. But the damage they are creating is much greater than the good they will do. The lawmakers and proponents know this, and the goal of these laws has nothing to do with piracy, they are about censorship and interest group control of information and news.
They won't work
Why? Because the first or second time they get used they'll get so much publicity that the politicians will end up leaping over each other to condemn the censorship laws and repeal them.
Also, they are in clear conflict with ECHR rules, so EU countries enacting them will end up in Brussels getting yet more fines.
- The DEA in the UK (also known as Mandybill as he's the one that was given the fun cruise then sponsored it and ensured it got put through in washup) is already being slowly dismantled, though I'm still pissed off at the Tories for not opposing it in the first place.
Wikipedia - worst blackout ever
I hope that's not an indication of their normal development skills.
I used to think the USA was a democracy... now i realize its just a corporation headed by the MPAA, RIAA & Big OIL, first they will block, then they will extradite, how long until they start to invade countries to protect their interests.. oh wait they already do for OIL... guess its not long then!
@JDX: have you seen my last comment??
I think you forgot your 'sarcasm' tag... :/
NoScript seems to address the wiki blackout just fine.
That'll show 'em.
If Google did block advertising (and therefore revenue streams) on sites that had been shown to host illegal content then their share price and revenues would fall dramatically. Hell, they'd be forced to shutdown Youtube which must be made up of 99+% illegally hosted copyrighted material.
This is very definitely a case of pot-kettle-black.
don't these people read the news about what happens to people that try and fuck with the internet... The internet is a harsh world with it's own bitter brand of brutal justice.
If the good clean people of the web are unable to deter these fools from this course they've set then it will be up to the grays and the blacks to punish their stupidity.
It is not us who should fear them switching out internet off... it is them who should fear us turning theirs off.
IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF
For every tech story, an XKCD
Or not, in this case.
Looks like Randall's blacked out too.
@Greg J Preece
"Looks like Randall's blacked out too."
And its funnier than his usual strips too.
(Sorry, I've never "got" xkcd, http://notinventedhe.re/ is much better)
Looks like a few webcomics are getting in on it. Blade Bunny is denying us our fix of sword-wielding bunnygirls.
Google cache- The anti-anti-SOPA browser's friend...
If Google wanted to do something they should consider switching off caching, which I've been using to circumvent the anti-SOPA pages all morning.
Just read Andrew Orlowski's article...
Brilliant. The man's either a genius, or certifiable. (There is a very fine line)
Did you comment on it?
"...Did you comment on it?..."
No. Article not open to comments. Even if it had been, my comment would've been as effective as a mosquito on a windshield.
PIPA & ICANN = dead internet
Nobody seems to have realised that (unless I've got it wrong) PIPA will effectively give MPAA the reins to ICANN, seeing as it is HQ'd in the US, so basically any site anywhere ever, not just in the US or hosted there, is at threat from DNS shenanigans
"Other sites that have announced plans to go dark in protest include the Internet Archive, the Tor Project, openSUSE, XDA Developers, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Greenpeace International, and many more."
Do any of those NOT receive funding from Google?
Just wonderin' :-)
as the man said...
Greek slang for 'blow job', so I'm told!
It's all Greek to Paris
Best SOPA protest online today is...
Over at this site: http://thedailywtf.com/
If you only use FF, download 'yesscript' -
its a very simple addon, that will stop scripts only on sites you tell it..
NOW, if these 'so-called' experts will do it **properly** and **close down or lock** the sites as a protest, that would be MUCH more effective!!!
The point is to get the message across
Not to actually fully shut down.
An error code won't explain to the masses why you're going offline - it will just bounce people away without informing them and they will be annoyed with the website itself for not working.
A big banner saying "If X, then we're gone. Please pressure your representatives against X.", will let everybody who visits know what you are protesting against and how they can help if they want to.
A link to the normal site content is perfectly fine and sensible - once informed, people can continue on with whatever they wanted to use the site for, and they'll be annoyed at the "X".
Only thing is, this SOPA/PIPA won't be going away permanently, so we'll have to expect a repeat of this blackout later once the RIAA and MPAA have paid off another few congresscritters.
- That said, they'll be a bit more wary now. Some of them are going to lose their seats over this fiasco.
Just move home page to Iceland
SOPA makes me sick...I buy my music on Amazon... cant watch DVDs on my Chinese laptop for the last 3 years... SO I DONT... the MPAA and the RIAA can eat their stuff... if USA congress is dumb enough to mess up the interweb- I will simply move my web activities Offshore where the URL converter isnt corrupted... WHAT A COMPLETE AND UTTER WASTE OF RESOURCES...
Easy to defeat...(Wikipedia)
I needed to look up something (Litz wire)
typed it in, Wikipedia gave a flash, then the 'down-page'.
I simply refreshed, then hit the 'stop downlading' button on Firefox as soon as I saw the page. Had to be quick, mind.
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