January 15, 2012

Help Stop SOPA – What’s going down on the 18th?

Posted in News/Update, Off-Topic at 7:09 pm by Force Gaia

As many of you may be aware the PROTECT IP / SOPA Act is making its way through the US Congress. We are asking for your help to stop it. Please follow the links below to pledge you support, even if you don’t live in the United States.

I, Force Gaia, may be a resident of the United Kingdom, but I still care as many Fansubbers, including Zalis, are based in the US, and there are elements of the bill that will affect those outside the US like myself.

This bill will cause a major problem for fansubbers all over the world as it will give powers that will allow the entertainment industry to prevent access to those sites in US borders, but most importantly, it’ll pave the way for other countries to pass similar laws and will meddle with the inner workings of the internet.

But I’ve just scratched the surface, here is the skinny directly from the http://americancensorship.org/ site.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

The other thing you may want to know is that in protest to this, a number of sites, both large and small, will be going on strike on the 18th.

EDIT 17/01/2012 00:41 GMT by Force Gaia: As i write this there has been some officially confirmed sites that are striking, including: Reddit, Wikipedia, WordPress, Mozilla, Tucows and Twitpic. For a full list of sites both confirmed and unconfirmed, look here.

1 Comment »

  1. M_McCheese said,

    SOPA is only part of the problem, as today’s take-down of MU showed. The two political parties in the US have different backers and therefore different priorities. Hollywood is a strong supporter of the current party in the White House. The other political party is hated by Hollywood and in turn it has little sympathy for Hollywood’s concerns. A change in administrations this November would move enforcement to other problems. Perhaps drug interdiction, perhaps something else. Political action by those who can vote is the best remedy for what ails us. Or some may have to decide that a loss of Internet freedom is a price they must be willing to pay for other policies they deem important.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing many episodes of something which makes life richer and better.

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