Q: Will any of you be affected by the SOPA online blackout?

jasoned
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On Wednesday January 18th several popular online sites will be offline in protest of "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA). Will this affect any DPers or will it be business as usual?
jasoned (rep: 8.78k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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arsiel
I think it's certainly going to show us what SOPA could do. I don't really know what to expect...
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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skaro964
We i cerently will not be able to use paypal or take any orders from my on line shop. As for chatting on twitter and face book I might actually get a lot more work done.
skaro964 (rep: 4k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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MHT962
I thought I heard wikipedia would be offline Wed. I guess it's because of this. How long is it supposed to go for?
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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FibroMom
This is going to affect PayPal?
FibroMom (rep: 170k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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FibroMom
The way I am reading it is "Order payment providers like PayPal to shut down the payment accounts of foreign websites that host illegally copied material." - So that shouldn't affect anyone doing Legitimate business in the US should it?
FibroMom (rep: 170k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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jasoned
That is only one aspect of SOPA. Even more important is it will shut sites down that link to foreign copyrighted material. So search-sites like Google will definitely be affected. A lot of user generated sites will be effected. Facebook... Youtube will most definitely be effected. For large sites it is impossible to stop all copyrighted material from coming through.

At least that is how I understand it.

The law hasn't passed yet. Tomorrows blackout is in protest of the law. Wikipedia, Mozilla, Reddit, and other popular sites are going to shut off for a day in protest.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/
jasoned (rep: 8.78k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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jasoned
I may have explained it incorrectly. Like most laws on the books these days, this is kind of confusing to me too.
jasoned (rep: 8.78k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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FibroMom
I think you did a GREAT Job, jasoned! I've now read several articles on it - and am getting more and more angry by the second on HOW this can affect us ALL in ANY way the Government decides! SO WRONG!!!
FibroMom (rep: 170k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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MHT962
Well, craigslist is off right now...with amessage about PIPA and SOPA... Guess it's Eastern time or something for them. Wiki is saying in less than 2 hours.
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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nimase85
I read that "SOPA would give both the government and major corporations the power to shut down entire websites accused of copyright infringement with neither a trial nor a traditional court hearing".

That sounds like big trouble to me
nimase85 (rep: 15.4k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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nimase85
@MHT962 craigslist still works the main screen is just covered you can still get in by ckicking the link at the bottom with your citys name
nimase85 (rep: 15.4k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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MHT962
Thanks, ninase85! I gave up too easily.
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Jan 17, 2012
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