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Have you heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. St. on January 18, 2012

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“I know it’s gotten a lot of attention. I heard about it on NPR — Wikipedia, Google and other sites have been down today to protest it. I signed the petition because I feel that it puts unnecessary restrictions on internet use and there shouldn’t be those harsh limitations on speech online.”

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“I hadn’t heard about the bill or protest, but I’ve seen those commercials against piracy.”

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“No, but I know a lot of corporations are anti-piracy.”

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“I’ve seen posts about the plans for a blackout on Wikipedia and some other sites but I’m not sure I could give an informed opinion on the bill.”

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, that's the best answer I can come up with without wikipedia. I called Ron and he was as stumped as I.

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Loki 2 years, 7 months ago

Yes, delicious soup. And Pipa, the much hotter sister of Princess Kate. ;)

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Loki 2 years, 7 months ago

Best part of that entire shendig!

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Bill Lee 2 years, 7 months ago

I have mixed feelings about the bill(s) since I've had my intellectual property stolen and posted on someone's for-profit site. I hate censorship and don't mind a certain amount of "fair usage," but there needs to be limits. It'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

I keep it in the shower, Next to the shamoop.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Small business SOPA are to travel on multiple routes for various purposes that may vary and they use alternative vehicle and courtesy SOPA. (from a source)

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jehovah_bob 2 years, 7 months ago

This whole time I thought it was spelled SOPAPILLA. What do you know?

Sopapipas are soooo yummy.

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littlexav 2 years, 7 months ago

Not true - there was real concern that they would fly through even as recently as last month. Only in the last couple of weeks has there been some trepidation, and only since Sunday have the tides started to shift. Some of us have been following this for a looooong time.

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verity 2 years, 7 months ago

Of course, Google is huge, but they were pressured to do this---not at all obvious that they would have done it on their own.

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Peaty Romano 2 years, 7 months ago

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littlexav 2 years, 7 months ago

Most of the people behind this are highly-educated, well-washed people who care deeply and passionately about free expression and innovation.

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verity 2 years, 7 months ago

As I understand it, the concern with SOPA is that a suspicion of a minor copyright infraction could be an excuse for shutting down a whole website without recourse---which has to make one wonder what the true motive is behind it.

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verity 2 years, 7 months ago

I forgot and tried to use Google yesterday with the result that I couldn't close my browser, turn off my internet connection or even restart or shut down my computer---had to use the switch to cut it off.

Did anybody else have any problem like this?

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

YES ! Both my wife and my laptops did the same thing within minutes of each other. Had to pull the batteries to shut down.

Conspiracy?

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verity 2 years, 7 months ago

And my friends think I'm paranoid---

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Loki 2 years, 7 months ago

Google worked fine. They just put a black rectangle over their logo, they didn't shut down. I used it all day.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 7 months ago

Roe, did your wife protest when you pulled her battery? Is she related to Commander Data?

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Hell if I do, Hell if I don't . . . (sigh)

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rockchalker52 2 years, 7 months ago

If those are my options, I'll choose Albania.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

I think I have. I'm just a little confused as to why anyone wants to transport copyrighted material through a pipeline from Canada to begin with.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

Sopa? Isn't that one of the Supreme Court justices?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

The fact that Chris Dodd is the mouthpiece for the SOPA folks is really about all you need to know.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 7 months ago

A day without autie is like a day without sunshine.

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