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(PC Magazine)   MPAA: SOPA, PIPA Blackouts Are 'Abuse of Power'   (pcmag.com) divider line 147
    More: Ironic, PIPA, PIPA Blackouts, MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd  
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2012-01-18 02:22:53 PM  
Repeats are also an abuse of power.
 
2012-01-18 02:23:20 PM  
Ohhhhahahahaha.. This is rich. I wonder what the entertainment industry would consider suing broke college kids for millions of dollars for downloading a few songs?
 
2012-01-18 02:23:42 PM  

LordStarscream: Rot in the lowest levels of Hell, MPAA.

What's the Vegas odds on this actually passing now that the INTERNET ITSELF has risen up against it? Our society all but requires the Net now to survive. Our entire economy would collapse without it ...


I'd say fair to good. SOPA and PIPA will fail. However this will get wrapped up in a "must pass" omnibus bill and passed with overwhelming support in both houses. The president will either sign it "with reservations" as Obama did with NDAA, or gleefully passed if sent to the desk of President shudder Romney.

It's a done deal, essentially. But we should still be proud of what has happened today. It isn't the win we'd like it to be, but it is at least the beginning of a more fair fight. At least I hope it is.
 
2012-01-18 02:23:47 PM  
Go fark yourself, Chris Dodd.
 
2012-01-18 02:23:47 PM  

Dimensio: simplicimus: So individuals, groups and corporations expressing their opinions is an abuse of power (depends on the corporation, of course).

The appropriate means for expressing opinions is through campaign contributions to members of the United States Congress. I predict that the Motion Picture Association of America will now lobby for legislation prohibiting acts of protest against proposed legislative acts. They may also lobby to enable copyright claims upon authored and pending legislation, to prevent meaningful discussion of legislative proposals.


Sadly, that wouldn't surprise me.
 
2012-01-18 02:24:08 PM  

PanicMan: Repeats are also an abuse of power.


I don't care how many times we have to say this - SOPA is a bad law. there is no way to defend it. Keep at it and eventually even our local GOP shills will run screaming away.

then we win.
 
2012-01-18 02:24:57 PM  
Guys, this is simple stuff. Everyone knows that the only constitutional speech is to have trucks full of money you can use to buy Congress critters.
 
2012-01-18 02:25:18 PM  

Weaver95: SpaceButler: Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.

How will that help? They just blame decreased sales on piracy.

yes, but that lie isn't working very well anymore.


Here's a new idea, how about giving people a legitimate and convenient digital platform for movies and music? Last I hear Steam is doing quite well selling games online.
 
2012-01-18 02:27:09 PM  
If I was given the chance to give anyone on the planet one, consequence-free, kick in the genitalia, Dodd would be pretty high on my list. What a farking disgrace.
 
2012-01-18 02:27:21 PM  
The MPAA is just in a jealous rage because these sites are mocking them with site-disabling powers the MPAA wishes they could wield on a whim.
 
2012-01-18 02:27:44 PM  

indylaw: NewMossie: Dodd totally missed the point of the protest.

No he didn't. He's earning his keep by publicly defending the indefensible and reminding his former colleagues who their masters are.


With the way Congress is distancing from this bill, I'd say that's the general public.
 
2012-01-18 02:27:55 PM  

NewMossie: Weaver95: SpaceButler: Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.

How will that help? They just blame decreased sales on piracy.

yes, but that lie isn't working very well anymore.

Here's a new idea, how about giving people a legitimate and convenient digital platform for movies and music? Last I hear Steam is doing quite well selling games online.


Oh silly. It's much more fun to sue families for $15,000 because their daughter downloaded the latest Lady Gaga album from BitTorrent.
 
2012-01-18 02:27:58 PM  

Weaver95: PanicMan: Repeats are also an abuse of power.

I don't care how many times we have to say this - SOPA is a bad law. there is no way to defend it. Keep at it and eventually even our local GOP shills will run screaming away.

then we win.


Oh c'mon Weav. Last time I checked Chris Dodd and those wankers in Hollyweird are NOT bastions of the GOP.

/SOPA-PIPA can DIAF.
 
2012-01-18 02:28:25 PM  
That's nice. Here's an inconvenient fact for you: Piracy can not be stopped. It never could and it never will. If you can read it, execute code, listen to it, etc. it can be copied. Deal with it.
 
2012-01-18 02:29:33 PM  

indylaw:
Oh silly. It's much more fun to sue families for $15,000 because their daughter downloaded the latest Lady Gaga album from BitTorrent.


Fair enough. I wouldn't pay for Lady Gaga either.
 
2012-01-18 02:29:49 PM  

indylaw: Oh silly. It's much more fun to sue families for $15,000 because their daughter downloaded the latest Lady Gaga album from BitTorrent.


Well, it is easier, and it has the fun side effect of not requiring any actual effort towards solving the problem by innovating.
 
2012-01-18 02:30:34 PM  
Piracy is bad. Censorship is worse.
 
2012-01-18 02:31:19 PM  

NewMossie: With the way Congress is distancing from this bill, I'd say that's the general public.


Well, yeah, it is now. For once. It's rare that the internet rises up to humiliate Congress for considering a bad law written by corporate shill lobbyists.

MPAA and RIAA are reconsidering their campaign contribution beneficiaries as we speak. It's just that now many Congressschmucks are realizing that it's far riskier to support this unpopular law than to bite the hand that feeds them.
 
2012-01-18 02:31:43 PM  
Am I in the repeat zone?
 
2012-01-18 02:31:50 PM  
How dare content providers decide what to do with their sites and their businesses? Really, if we'd just restrict ownership of IP addresses to monopolist interests, then we could enjoy the Internets the way God intended: with nonstop porn and LOLcats, provided to us by scientifically generated memecompilers.

This is pretty much what this says: we don't want those who create intellectual property to do anything without our say so. Distribute content like a faucet, and fork over cash endlessly, or we'll cry some more.
 
2012-01-18 02:33:12 PM  
But my blackout protest is my intellectual property.
 
2012-01-18 02:33:54 PM  
Prohibition worked great also.. We got Joseph Kennedy and the Chicago Mob.
 
2012-01-18 02:35:00 PM  

tnpir: Oh fark you, RIAA.


urlybits.com

UNLIMITEDDDD POOWEEEERRRRR
 
2012-01-18 02:36:21 PM  
when will we say enough is enough and start boycotting the entire entertainment industry?
 
2012-01-18 02:36:42 PM  

indylaw:
Well, yeah, it is now. For once. It's rare that the internet rises up to humiliate Congress for considering a bad law written by corporate shill lobbyists.

MPAA and RIAA are reconsidering their campaign contribution beneficiaries as we speak. It's just that now many Congressschmucks are realizing that it's far riskier to support this unpopular law than to bite the hand that feeds them.


Yea, until they get re-elected. And then the great Piracy cycle starts anew and the bill gets pushed again.
 
2012-01-18 02:37:54 PM  

GaryPDX: Weaver95: PanicMan: Repeats are also an abuse of power.

I don't care how many times we have to say this - SOPA is a bad law. there is no way to defend it. Keep at it and eventually even our local GOP shills will run screaming away.

then we win.

Oh c'mon Weav. Last time I checked Chris Dodd and those wankers in Hollyweird are NOT bastions of the GOP.

/SOPA-PIPA can DIAF.


why do you insist on only seeing this conflict in terms of 'republican/democrat'?
 
2012-01-18 02:38:09 PM  
We already have laws that allow the MPAA to sue people that cause them financial loss. I'm pretty sure this kind of use of power by corporations through the government is called fascism.
 
2012-01-18 02:38:23 PM  
To the MPAA, RIAA, and any who might consider SOPA/PIPA a good idea, and these blackouts an "abuse of power", I would like to say

CRY SOME MOAR!

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the gorram internet!
 
2012-01-18 02:39:31 PM  
Abuse of power? LOLwut?

They're all for capitalism and free enterprise but if a company takes a stand on an issue that will impact them directly, it's an "abuse of power".

Fark off MPAA. You and print media need to adapt or die.
 
2012-01-18 02:42:26 PM  

BullBearMS: So Chris Dodd has gone from being a tool for Wall Street to being a tool for Hollywood. I guess the same people own both, and him.


Just think of him as Tool, capital Tee, and that'll pretty much cover it. Now think of 544 other Tools, great and small, and you'll have a grasp of the extent of he problem we face.
 
2012-01-18 02:42:58 PM  

Troublesome Strumpet: FTFA:"Wikipedia has never blacked itself out before on any other political issue, nor have websites like Mozilla or the social news aggregator Reddit," the Journal wrote. "How's that for irony: Companies supposedly devoted to the free flow of information are gagging themselves, and the only practical effect will be to enable fraudsters. They've taken no comparable action against, say, Chinese repression."

The stupid in this sentence burns with the force of a thousand suns.


I'm waiting for the WSJ to run topless girls on Page 3. Won't be long now.
 
2012-01-18 02:43:15 PM  
FTFA
"Dodd accused blackout participants of skewing the facts "in order to further their corporate interests."

And over here we see the charred remains of the Ironic tag after it spontaneously combusted.
 
2012-01-18 02:44:08 PM  
Dodd you chode
 
2012-01-18 02:44:39 PM  
Well, my company car's contract is almost up, and Ford supports SOPA.
That eliminates a brand from my options, great!
 
2012-01-18 02:45:45 PM  
Duplicate?

Link (new window)
 
2012-01-18 02:46:12 PM  

Death by Misadventure: when will we say enough is enough and start boycotting the entire everything but the adult entertainment industry?


Let's not get carried away by this SOPA/PIPA business, okay? Single moms gotta put food onna table, too!
 
2012-01-18 02:46:50 PM  
Dodd: why havent they protested Chinese repression or internet hurt?

Because there's already a tool for that.

Butthurtform.pdf
 
2012-01-18 02:48:08 PM  
That has a lot of credibility coming from Chris 'sweetheart loan' Dodd.
 
2012-01-18 02:48:36 PM  
I learned it from watching you, Dad! I learned it from watching you!
 
2012-01-18 02:48:40 PM  
t1.gstatic.com

/hotlinked
//COME AT ME, BRO
 
2012-01-18 02:49:39 PM  

Weaver95: GaryPDX: Weaver95: PanicMan: Repeats are also an abuse of power.

I don't care how many times we have to say this - SOPA is a bad law. there is no way to defend it. Keep at it and eventually even our local GOP shills will run screaming away.

then we win.

Oh c'mon Weav. Last time I checked Chris Dodd and those wankers in Hollyweird are NOT bastions of the GOP.

/SOPA-PIPA can DIAF.

why do you insist on only seeing this conflict in terms of 'republican/democrat'?


This is clearly a fight between the struggling but rebellious MPAA/RIAA and the oppressive and greedy dark side of music pirates.
 
2012-01-18 02:50:36 PM  
Is there anyone, anywhere that thinks that the RIAA/MPAA response to the blackout has been anything less than total douchebaggery?
 
2012-01-18 02:51:13 PM  

Weaver95: PanicMan: Repeats are also an abuse of power.

I don't care how many times we have to say this - SOPA is a bad law. there is no way to defend it. Keep at it and eventually even our local GOP shills will run screaming away.

then we win.


Yes SOPA is a bad law. But this specific article is a repeat of a Gizmodo article halfway down the front page.
 
2012-01-18 02:51:31 PM  
"The following is a statement by Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) on the so-called "Blackout Day" protesting anti-piracy legislation"


yeah, it's wikipedia that is abusing power.

fark you with rusty barbed-wire, Chris Dodd
 
2012-01-18 02:52:53 PM  

HazMatt: Is there anyone, anywhere that thinks that the RIAA/MPAA response to the blackout has been anything less than total douchebaggery?


Chris Dodd, probably, but that's just a matter of perspective. He's at the eye of the douchicane.
 
2012-01-18 02:53:12 PM  
FTA:The MPAA and its musical counterpart, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), have been big supporters of SOPA and PIPA, prompting opponents to accuse bill sponsors of bowing to lobbying dollars

Like you're doing with the people you're lobbying to with loads of money to support SOPA/PIPA?
 
2012-01-18 02:53:34 PM  

Weaver95: why do you insist on only seeing this conflict in terms of 'republican/democrat'?


Umm..you came up with the "GOP shills" statement. I just responded to it. I'm totally against SOPA-PIPA.
 
2012-01-18 02:54:37 PM  
Have there been any mumblings from any of the big-name Hollywood types?
 
2012-01-18 02:55:33 PM  
Well, if anyone knows about abuse of power, it's a former public servant who's currently heading up a lobbying effort.

What a turd. Clearly his parents did a terrible job raising him.
 
2012-01-18 02:56:16 PM  
They've taken no comparable action against, say, Chinese repression.

WTF?! Yeah, they should just black out their site every day to protest all kinds of issues. Tomorrow can be black out day to protest the war in Afghanistan. Then we'll have black out day in remembrance of 9/11. Why on earth would they only protest a bill that specifically relates to our government censoring websites?
 
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