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Nemos
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SOPA = ΣΩΠΑ (In greek means to be silent)
Nemos   1/19/2012 5:16:24 PM

hmmm, If we want to predict the future about the SOPA law, we can see what is going on with the patent war. The music companies they don't try to understand that, in reality, they don't loose any money because the people that they can afford to pay for music, they will do it.

With laws like SOPA, you just throw out some people and make it more expensive for the others.

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Re: SOPA and EBN
Jacob   1/20/2012 12:02:26 AM
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Barbara, I would like to know whether this new SOPA affect the contents and articles published in EBN and similar online communities. In most of the board messages, articles and blogs, contributors are providing external links and it's also to be having copy rights as per the SOPA, am I right. Are you foreseen any change in our way of presenting the articles?

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RE : Is the SOPA Opera Over?
tirlapur   1/20/2012 6:31:04 AM
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Does anyone else find the idea of Wikipedia censoring its own site ironic?

@Barbara, I dont think the idea of wikipedia censoring its own site ironic. Infact I would say wikipedia was successful in this campaign because half-a-dozen of the 40 original co-sponsors of what is known as the PIPA bill withdrew their support Wednesday amid a one-day protest blackout by Wikipedia and other Web giants.

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Jay_Bond   1/20/2012 6:57:58 AM
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@Tirlapur, I agree with you, in fact the websites blacking out their content has caused the Senators to re-evaluate the purpose. The current bill that is proposed is basically dead, and it's back to the drawing board.

I understand that the movie and music industry are fighting because they are losing money, but the way the law was written gives many loopholes that could cause censorship. The main purpose of these bills was to block overseas sites that are allowing pirated content.

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Re: SOPA and EBN
Barbara Jorgensen   1/20/2012 8:50:00 AM
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Hi JAcob,

I don't think SOPA would have an impact on publications such as  EBN. SOPA would make it easier for authorities to shut down  Websites that sell pirated goods. Among other things, it could suspend links; stop credit card payments and yank their domain name/address. Although EBN articles are copyrighted, we don't sell them to the public. If anyhing, plaigerism would be the issue for most online pubs. The other aspect is the advertising on Internet sites. We know our sponsors are authorized distributors and suppliers of electronics, but if an advertiser is selling bogus goods on an Internet site, SOPA could be applied.

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Re: RE : Is the SOPA Opera Over?
Barbara Jorgensen   1/20/2012 9:06:13 AM
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@tira: True. I guess I was coming at that from a different direction. One of the main complaints about Wikipedia is the source of its information--just about anyone can post source material there. Therefore, there is the danger of inaccurate information being posted. Wikipedia doesn't sell its information, so SOPA would probably not apply. But I do believe there have been suits against Wikipedia for posting inaccurate information about people. While this is not piracy, the information could be consideed non-authentic by not coming from the original source. So I see Wikipedia's protest as censorship of stuff that might not be right to begin with.

Maybe irony was the wrong word...and as you point out, the protest did change some minds.

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Clairvoyant   1/20/2012 2:08:48 PM
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I hope all of this ends and none of the bills get approved. ACTA is even scarier than SOPA.

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TaimoorZ   1/20/2012 11:49:15 PM
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I recently read the T.B. Lee, the creator of WWW, announced his support for SOPA. I think this is likely to change a lot of opinions about SOPA now.

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t.alex   1/21/2012 2:37:31 AM
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I can't really do things without wikipedia. If this SOPA went through, it would be a horrible thing.

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To point to begin debate
_hm   1/21/2012 10:35:35 PM
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At this point, it is very pertinent point to begin debate. We need to resolve this issue agreeable to all concerned party. There need to be compromise from all involved.

 

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