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Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:30 PM

Democratic Underground will go dark at 3am ET January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA

This discussion thread was locked by Skinner (a host of the Announcements group).

Democratic Underground will go dark for 18 hours on January 18, from 3am ET until 9pm ET, to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). During that time visitors will not be able to read or post on the site. We know that you depend on Democratic Underground to be there for you, and we did not take the decision to join this protest lightly.

Democratic Underground is an open, community-based website that depends on content provided by our visitors. That includes original content created by our members, and excerpts and links to content published elsewhere. Because of the work our members put into their posts here, and also because of our dependence on excerpts and links from elsewhere, we have a deep appreciation for content creators, and we understand the importance of protecting their work. The DU Administrators understand the importance of protecting copyrights -- we have always made a good faith effort to respect copyrights on this site, and we expect our members to do the same.

However, we here at Democratic Underground have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to be unfairly harassed in the name of copyright enforcement. Over the last year we have been a defendant in a high-profile copyright-trolling case in which we were threatened with tens of thousands of dollars of damages and the loss of our domain name, because one of our members posted a brief five-sentence excerpt of an article. The experience has made us extremely sensitive to the issue of out-of-control copyright enforcement, and we feel that we have a responsibility to add our voice to the protests taking place across the Internet.

During the downtime, we hope that you will take a moment and contact your representatives in Congress to let them know that you support an open Internet, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA. You can look up your representatives on the EFF website.

Thank you,

David Allen
Dave Allsopp
Brian Leitner
DU Administrators

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Reply Democratic Underground will go dark at 3am ET January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA (Original post)
Skinner Jan 2012 OP
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Ecumenist Jan 2012 #21
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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:31 PM

1. Blammo! Rockin, Skinner. Well done, sir.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:32 PM

2. Tomorrow is going to be a long day

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

20. indeed.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

21. Yeah, I understand, Renew Deal....



Yay DU A- Rah-Rah-Rah!!

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:49 PM

42. yes it will



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:33 PM

3. I strongly support this move...

and will plan accordingly..... Luddite Day tomorrow...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:33 PM

4. Good job :)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:33 PM

5. well done - K and R.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:33 PM

6. Thanks.

We'll miss eachother.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:34 PM

7. Two words:

You rock!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:34 PM

8. Thank you for supporting the Protest.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:35 PM

9. I have problems getting DU to load at 3:00am

most mornings regardless. However, glad they are taking a stand.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:35 PM

10. Oh my GOD no DU for 18 hours!!!!!

Thank you for your support. You guys are awesome.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:36 PM

11. BRAVO SKINNER!

I'll miss this place, fortunately I've downloaded a few good movies to keep me occupied.

icefilms.info


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:37 PM

12. Good n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:38 PM

13. DU is pandering to Big Free Speech.

Sellouts.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

25. ???? What is wrong with that??

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Response to mattvermont (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:41 PM

90. I do believe that was sarcasm. ;) nt

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Response to greyl (Reply #90)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:47 PM

96. No way. Big Free Speech is just another fat cat lobby.

Fight the Power!

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Response to onehandle (Reply #96)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:30 AM

148. Yes, fight the power!

Quietly.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

14. Thankyou!

I'll miss DU.
But THANK YOU!
Tres AWESOME!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

15. Redistricted? Contact your new and old reps - those gaining new voters want to know your views.

I have heard this from our own soon-to-be Congresswoman whose neighboring district will include my area next year.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

16. Right on.

Thanks Skinner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

17. Mostly I feel bad for the people who won't get to read my wisdom tomorrow

I suppose that they can simply browse Wikipedia in the meantime...

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Response to Orrex (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 PM

38. I see what you did there.

Very droll, that.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

18. Does this mean no jury duty for 18 hours?



Count me in!

I wholeheartedly support going dark in solidarity.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:39 PM

19. K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

22. So, will there be some sort of notice that explains what is happening for the oddball who

has been offline for a few days and turns up tomorrow? Or will they be "in the dark" as well?

If you had a bit more lead time, you could have run a "protest sign" contest!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

23. well done guys

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

24. :)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:41 PM

26. Occupy Internet! K&R

Bravo, sirs! Bravo!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:42 PM

27. This is pointless and foolish

I wish you hadn't made this decision.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:02 PM

56. I agree. I'll have to rethink supporting a site that is fighting pro-union legislation.

dammit

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:35 PM

84. Huh?!

There's a censors union?

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Response to a2liberal (Reply #84)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:53 PM

99. No, but there is a police union.

Close enough, eh?

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #56)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:40 AM

125. While your cause is righteous, this law is not the way to achieve it, imo.

Let's work for a law that protects you without impeding your ability to express yourself in other ways.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:42 PM

28. Do you have some grief counselors lined up to help the more prolific among us deal with withdraws?

Additionally, I expect the quality of Yahoo "Answers" to greatly improve from 3 am to 9 pm.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:43 PM

29. Bravo, Well Done - see you on the other side.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:43 PM

30. Yay! Thank you! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:44 PM

31. Thank you.

You guys rock!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:45 PM

32. ...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:45 PM

33. I support this move.

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:46 PM

34. Most Excellent.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:46 PM

35. Well done!

I fully support this action.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:46 PM

36. Good

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 PM

37. I disagree

We don't need to hold our breath until we turn blue to protest something. We need to continue to be the voice of reason, and we cannot do that while we remain silent.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 PM

39. Cool!

I might actually have a productive day tomorrow.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:48 PM

40. Excellent choice...

...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:48 PM

41. Actions speak louder than words.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:49 PM

43. YAY.....I love DU..




Tikki

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:49 PM

44. Good for you DU!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:49 PM

45. Good for you. I will be sad, but it's for a good cause.

Time to take back what belongs to us and not them.

On edit. I also said before I wouldn't miss Face Book or Twitter, maybe Google a bit, but I definitely would miss DU and I will miss you if only for a day.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:50 PM

46. We are all on board with that!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:50 PM

47. I support this Move......

Maybe I'll get off my ass and clean out the basement.....

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:50 PM

48. This is good news...

bad news...now I gotta clean tomorrow.



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:52 PM

49. Unoccupy the net.

Thank you. A million small sacrifices or actions can change the world.
I hoped DU would participate. Thank you DU!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:54 PM

50. Would be more surprised, if you didn't!

One of the reasons why I joined DU.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:54 PM

51. Well, guess I'll see you all tomorrow night.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:56 PM

52. Will miss DU, but would miss open internet more. Thanks for doing this!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:58 PM

53. Good for DU! However...

I think I'm starting to hyperventilate. LOL

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:00 PM

54. And, oh! K &R! nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:00 PM

55. Solidarity. This is particularly sweet

in light of how the MPAA is whining about it ... solidarity.

I will totally miss DU, but am willing to suffer for the cause.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:03 PM

57. OK.

 

Whatever.

Sorry, but this whole blackout thing seems to be about as pointless as it gets.

Enjoy yourselves!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:03 PM

58. K&R!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:04 PM

59. Down news day for me...

but it is an important cause to support. Way to go!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:05 PM

60. Visitors to DU during the blackout should be presented with a form to contact congress.

Or just the list of phone numbers for the congressmen who are on the fence about SOPA.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 PM

61. You do know better than most

what this is all about. I support your move 100%.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 PM

62. Aw dang, huge snowstorm bearing down on us tomorrow, have to go outside and play.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 PM

63. Well done, Sirs.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:09 PM

64. I'm gonna miss it but KUDOS to DU for doing this!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:09 PM

65. I'll miss you all

Especially since I just got home from a business trip made a LOT less stressful because I was able to reach DU by Wifi AND "drill down" for advice about local transportation and entertainment from some "natives." I'm also grateful for those of you who made the ninth annual "You Call This NEWS?" awards -- posted on both DU2 and DU3 -- the most viewed ever.

As I understand how SOPA is currently written, ANY kind of linking -- with or without "fair use" excerpts -- could be legally defined as "piracy" or "copyright infringement." And even if that were not the case, SOPA is also devoid of constitutionally guaranteed due process.

So I'll suck it up, dedicate the 18 hours to working on my other projects, and will see you on the other side.


rocktivity

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

66. I am so proud to be a member here tonight

It's the right call I think.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

67. Great! (Although I'll miss DU) n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

68. Thank you for your support!



It will be a good time for me to contact my congress critters to complain about SOPA and PIPA.

And maybe while this site is black, I'll get something done around the house.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

69. This is only the kind of principled action I'd expect from you guys. Thanks. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:12 PM

70. Hells yeah.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:15 PM

71. Bravo! K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:16 PM

72. Man, is tomorrow gonna suck...

...it's not like I even have that much real work to do!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:17 PM

73. I'm with y'all, Skinner!

Let's make a point that won't be missed.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 PM

74. Awesome! Thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 PM

75. well done....

Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:21 PM

76. Righteous.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:22 PM

77. The unions of the AFL-CIO that represent professionals...

...in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Industries (AEMI) include Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are wholly in support of the widest possible access to content on the Internet and the principles of net neutrality, so long as intellectual property rights—and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that are at stake—are respected.

Some would like to portray the debate over Internet theft as one in which a few wealthy artists, creators and powerful corporations are concerned about “giving away” their “product” because they are greedy and cannot change with the times to create new business models. The hundreds of thousands of people represented by the AEMI unions of the AFL-CIO are a testament to the falsity of that proposition.

Online theft and the sale of illegal CDs and DVDs are not “victimless crimes.” Digital theft costs jobs and benefits. It is critical, at this important moment in the evolution of the Internet and potential Internet policy, for union members and leaders to publicly and visibly engage in a sustained effort to protect members’ livelihoods, the creation and innovation that are the hallmark of their work and the economic health and viability of the creative industries in this country. The AEMI unions and other unions in U.S. entertainment stress that pirated content is devastating to the entertainment professionals who create the underlying works.

The AFL-CIO strongly supports the efforts of the AEMI unions and the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, to combat piracy. It commends their work with government and industry to develop workable solutions to protect the interests of their members. The AFL-CIO urges its affiliate unions to educate their members about the adverse impact of piracy; to support efforts to ensure that government officials and lawmakers are aware of, and support the protection of, entertainment industry jobs that will be lost to online theft; to encourage their members to respect copyright law; and to urge their members, as a matter of union solidarity, to never illegally download or stream pirated content or purchase illegal CDs and DVDs.


http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Almeida%2011162011.pdf

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #77)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:35 PM

85. Opposing SOPA and PIPA isn't about supporting piracy

These are bad bills that if passed could have extremely dire ramifications for the entire Internet.

Together, Fair Use and Safe Harbors allow for innovation because they create safe space for both free expression and honest mistakes. But content providers hate Fair Use and (more importantly) Safe Harbors because providers think these exceptions take the teeth out of enforcement, creating loopholes you could drive a truck through.

SOPA/PIPA gets rid of Safe Harbors. There is no safe space. A copyright holder can initiate a "private right of action", convince a judge to issue an injunction (which we now know is way too easy to do) get your domain blocked, your advertising pulled and your finances frozen.

And thanks to to SOPA/PIPA's immunity provisions, a copyright holder wouldn't even need a court order shut you down, just a letter to your service providers threatening to.

Much more: http://veniceforchange.blogspot.com/2012/01/confessions-of-hollywood-professional.html?spref=tw

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Response to EarlG (Reply #85)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:38 PM

86. You gotta do what you gotta do.

So do I.

I stand with my union.

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #86)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:01 AM

107. Why Unions Should Not Support SOPA

http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2012/01/why-unions-should-not-support-sopa011.html

If I was with a union that supported SOPA I would register my misgivings, not unquestioningly support them.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:25 PM

78. Solidarity

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:26 PM

79. K & R!

Thanks for standing up!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:28 PM

80. Glad to hear it...........

Bring on the light through the darkness

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:31 PM

81. how does one make their site go dark if Wordpress - don't want to mess it up

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:33 PM

82. Wrote to reps. Proud of your decision! Nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:35 PM

83. Very cool!



K and R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:38 PM

87. AND be sure to send a THANK YOU note to President Obama too :)


The White House Labels SOPA Censorship And Refuses To Support It

http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-opposes-sopa


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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #87)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:02 AM

132. He won't sign SOPA.

Like he won't sign NDAA, more "free" trade agreements...

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:39 PM

88. You have my complete support in this move!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:39 PM

89. Good

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:43 PM

91. Bravo

Stand with you 100%.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:44 PM

92. Glad to hear it. n/t





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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:47 PM

93. Understood.

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:47 PM

94. Great move!

Proud that DU is taking a stand.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:47 PM

95. While I may not like it nor see it necessary I agree and support 2000%

Good move loved ones

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 PM

97. United We Stand!

 

Let's put the downtime to good use!

Later!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:52 PM

98. I wondered why we were not joining the protest. Glad to be part of this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:54 PM

100. Thank you!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:54 PM

101. Good night then! Without DU and Wikipedia,

I'll have time to go to the library and study SolidWorks then bookmark links for posting tomorrow evening.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:55 PM

102. Good on you, guys

I support this all the way. This is an important fight.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:56 PM

103. Whatever you do we will follow. You are great leaders.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:57 PM

104. Beautiful!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:58 PM

105. Thumbs up. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:59 PM

106. Thank you for standing

up against those that would use SOPA and PIPA as an excuse to stifle free speech.


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:02 AM

108. Solidarity



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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:05 AM

109. Good idea.

 

Thanks for doing this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:10 AM

110. K/R (nt)

:kick:

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:13 AM

111. well, you got my attention

I'll look to see the extent of the protests and the impact tomorrow in the other media. Best wishes . . .

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:18 AM

112. So proud to be a part of DU!


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:18 AM

113. Withdraw will be unbearable

Total support. Will there be a support group somewhere I can go to?

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Response to tinymontgomery (Reply #113)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:03 AM

145. There actually is a support group! LOL.

Don't know if you're familiar with it, but the DU Panic Room has been where members could always get info if DU is down. It's been awhile, but it still looks viable to me...

http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/DUPanicRoom/

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #145)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:20 PM

163. Thanks,

found you post after DU went dark. Will book mark for future. Thanks again.

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Response to tinymontgomery (Reply #163)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 11:03 PM

165. Well, there wasn't much there when I checked it last night

But it was awfully late. Someone posted the notice that DU was going dark, good idea for those who might not have seen the announcement. I was afraid you might not have seen it in time, but at least we now know it's still active.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:19 AM

114. Bravo!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:20 AM

115. Also include

Canadian Bill C-11 analogous to SOPA in the US.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:22 AM

116. Solidarity.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:24 AM

117. k&r

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:26 AM

118. I am so fucking proud of us

Woot. Thanks for joining in on this one, guys!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:32 AM

119. Hellz Yeah!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:32 AM

120. Good!!!!! It's better to shut down for a few hours than to be shut down in the future. (n/t)

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:33 AM

121. Looks like Google.com is staying up, they're only blacking out their logo. n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #121)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:38 AM

124. What a load of crap.

 

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #121)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:01 AM

131. You wouldn't actually expect them to lose market share to Bing and Yahoo...

for something as silly as actually standing up for something.

But in all honesty, it will still raise awareness.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:37 AM

122. Good for DU!

 

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:37 AM

123. Bravo!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:41 AM

126. Bravo.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:42 AM

127. Thanks

I'll miss y'all, even for just a day.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:56 AM

128. Right on!!

Hmm.. what to do?

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:58 AM

129. K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:00 AM

130. I am stunned. In a good way!

Be tough.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:13 AM

133. Way to go!

I am glad DU is doing this.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:15 AM

134. I fully support this protest

I thank the administrators for choosing to protest in this manner!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:20 AM

135. Excellent. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:21 AM

136. Right decision, guys...

Bravo for taking a principled stand and showing solidarity. The next 18 hours will be tough, though. SG

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:25 AM

137. Get some rest while you're at it.

Good luck guys.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:28 AM

138. K&r Stand for something or step aside. Kudos...... n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:32 AM

139. It's gotta be done, then so be it.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:40 AM

140. I'll really be productive at work tomorrow.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:40 AM

141. I'm behind you 100%!

SOPA MUST DIE!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:41 AM

142. Excellent!


Thank You!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 01:51 AM

143. That's gonna hurt

but in a good way

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:02 AM

144. I fully endorse this action

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:09 AM

146. K&R for free speech!

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Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:10 AM

147. Sounds good. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:43 AM

149. I'll finally get around to cleaning out the garage.

I hate you. But, my wife thinks you're awesome.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:45 AM

150. a great big fat

THANK YOU!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:49 AM

151. To Skinner, and all the other admins......You have our complete support. =)

I'll be logging out of here not long after 2:00(Central). Hope this works out for us.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:49 AM

152. Agree with you and support this action

K&R

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:53 AM

153. 200th rec, less than 10 minutes to go. See you guys in 18 hours!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 02:58 AM

154. See you in 24 hours my friends. I am personally going dark as well.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:02 PM

155. Yay! DU is back!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:02 PM

156. Welcome back DU!

Now that I've numbed my fingers from writing scads of emails to Congress and calling the Capitol until I could talk no more, it's good to have DU back.

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Response to Papagoose (Reply #156)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:04 PM

158. Same here. I really think DU and many other sites will kill off this vile critter!

 


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:04 PM

157. OMG. I GOT THE SHAKES FROM WITHDRAWL

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Response to Maven (Reply #157)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:07 PM

160. *Crawling in gasping for air*

DU! *gasp* DU!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:05 PM

159. I am not sure how much of a success the effort was.

It seems like the media in general gave the event little to no coverage or atleast thats my opinion.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 09:10 PM

161. good job

Glad to hear it, also Google has joined the protest.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:07 PM

162. I really like associating myself with this community

Ethics. I like them.

Thanks for walking the talk, Admins

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:55 PM

164. Wow! I survived it!

Hung out on imvu all day! But, I did manage to get three friends to sign the petition!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:00 AM

166. It felt like the paperboy AND the milkman skipped delivery...

(Yes I remember them. Least I didn't say the ice man or the coal truck!)

Writing and phoning to Congress critters always seems as useful as putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the ocean. But we do it anyway, cause here in the US we have democracy, right?


Thanks David, Dave and Brian, et alia, for solidarity.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:15 PM

167. Very proud moment for DU

Nice to see an organization taking a stand based on integrity.

Kudos to DU! Wow!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:21 PM

168. I finally have clean carpets.

All in all a good day. Thank you for protesting - I did read on Forbes (while DU was down) that Pres Obama is also opposing those bills in their current form. I was very happy to hear that.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 02:33 AM

169. I am EXTREMELY proud of DU and the admins for doing this

 

this is a badge of honor - to have been on the side of a free internet - one of THE most worthy causes these days in the way it will shape the entire future - that's what is at stake with SOPA. Bravo DU, Skinner, Elad, and EarlG. This is STILL more important to the future than most people can even comprehend

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 01:36 AM

170. Democratic Underground will go dark at 3am ET January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA

 

SOPA(Stop Online Privacy Act) is good rules but now a days internet is one of the most important part of Human life. So i think it can be change.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:50 AM

171. Democratic Underground will go dark at 3am ET January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA

 

But it was awfully late. Someone posted the notice that DU was going dark, good idea for those who might not have seen the announcement. I was afraid you might not have seen it in time, but at least we now know it's still active

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