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Post #410863
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10:24 am, Sep 30 2010
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a group of powerful Senators -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- have signed onto a bill that would vastly expand the government's power to censor the Internet.

The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was introduced just one week ago, but it's greased and ready to move, with a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee this Thursday. If people don't speak out, US citizens could soon find themselves joining Iranians and Chinese in being blocked from accessing broad chunks of the public Internet.mad

Sign the petition to stop the blacklist here==>

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Xiled Reaper

10:11 pm, Sep 30 2010
Posts: 135

you know,if a the gamers,nerds and otaku came together we could vote ppl like them out of office

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Slumbering Remnant

10:29 pm, Sep 30 2010
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We were disscusing this in my gov class yesterday...

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Post #411157
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The Shorty

3:10 am, Oct 1 2010
Posts: 330

SIGN IT EVERYONE i dont want my stuff being monitered.
and if we allow that to happen it will block out the entire internet!!!
that will probably mean NO online manga cause its kinda illegal!

Post #412193
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9:40 am, Oct 4 2010
Posts: 262

OMG! I never realised this was happening! I'm gonna sign!

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12:42 pm, Oct 4 2010
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i signed! and i shared it in facebook!
i totally saw this coming.. the end is near! it is near! i tell you! NEAR!!!!!!!!!!

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Post #412228
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12:52 pm, Oct 4 2010
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Meeh~ Added US to the places where I wouldn't move to eyes
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you know,if a the gamers,nerds and otaku came together we could vote ppl like them out of office

It's mean. Those are occupied with their games, 2D girls and other stuff don't ask them to go into the real world to vote ! (No offense. I'd rather stay home and read manga if I were old enough to vote.... But I'd still go laugh )

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insomniac Kagehime

2:09 pm, Oct 4 2010
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i signed (even thought i live in germany)
I hate censorship. Does the government try to copy China?

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Post #412249 - Reply to (#411067) by sweetnsour321
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Local Prig

2:30 pm, Oct 4 2010
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We were disscusing this in my gov class yesterday...I really don't want them to snoop around in my e-mails and such..I mean they already monitor from the sky (helicopters)
now the internet, sigh-

Umm... the NSA has been monitoring emails and the like for years. It's even allowed by the patriot act given specific conditions (most times that just do it anyway though, or at least that seems to be the case). I mean, it's mostly just data mining looking for specific terms, but that's not at all what's being proposed here- that much is already fact, more or less.

But, really, let's not overreact here. The internet is a realm of innovation. I have no doubts that people who want to pirate things will still be able to pirate things. A couple websites might vanish from US access, but that would be the extent of the damage. Nothing permanent.

And also, to those who suggest that a number of internet dwellers could get said senators unelected... I have my doubts about that. I suspect there isn't the capital necessary to wage any sort of publicity campaign, particularly one that out of necessity must oppose both primary parties. Not to mention the fact that a number of high-powered commerical industries are definitely very invested in the passing of this bill... even with a Ross Perot (who did, in fact, lose, lest we forget) or two, not much would happen on that front.

Now, all that said, the goal here is really to limit strictly illegal activity. I mean, we're on this site, so clearly piracy is something that most of us are a party to, but let's not forget that it is, in fact, illegal, and as a result we probably shouldn't be outraged when someone takes action to put a stop to illegal activity. We should accept it as a natural consequence and move on to the next step, whatever that might be. While the ACLU might oppose the bill on more legitimate grounds, I don't think that there's really much moral ground for pirates to be angry when a wrench gets tossed in the mechanism. But maybe that's just me.

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Post #412250
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2:33 pm, Oct 4 2010
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I don't live in us but i signed anyway. This is really unbearable and every person in the world should sign if he/she cherishes his/her freedom.
Power to the people! biggrin

Post #412309

7:48 pm, Oct 4 2010
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Don't live in the US=> I don't care laugh
Just wanted to ask, can someone give me an example of an internet petition which has served any real purpose?

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Lurker Queen.

8:43 pm, Oct 4 2010
Posts: 779

If they want to pass it, they will, and no anonymous petition from lowly voters will change their mind. Laws like these are usually decided on even after being publicized.
Sorry, the world has never really been a democracy.

...I'm starting to love my country now, seriously. I shall revel in piracy with my fellow co-nationals and be happy that none of our politicians can stop bickering with one another for long enough to get bright ideas such as these.

Post #412413
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12:24 am, Oct 5 2010
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I also don't live in the US, but I signed it anyway, I would also expect people from the US to sign this if it we're happening to Australia.

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Post #412419
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12:36 am, Oct 5 2010
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Hmm. While I understand that this is a bill meant to combat pirating, or something of the sort, the very idea of it is what puts me against it.
Just as books shouldn't be censored, so should the internet stay free.
It strikes me as wrong that the internet could be limited... And it feels like this bill-- if passed-- could lead the way to broader censorship.
So yeah, I signed. Even though I doubt the Senators will actually get it. laugh

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Forum Firestarter

12:46 am, Oct 5 2010
Posts: 385

This won't change anything.... The Federal Government has stopped listening to the people a long time ago!

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