7 comments on “How effective was the blackout against SOPA/PIPA?

  1. Oh, the power of the internet. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if it did pass. The interweb’s world would have fallen off its metaphorical axis.

    • I think the funniest thing is that the American government is constantly criticising countries like China and Iran for their censorship policies, yet they want to implement something pretty similar in their own country?

      However, it isn’t over just yet as I said, hopefully though it won’t ever be able to pass.

      • Yeah. If you think about it, the whole thing is really counter-intuitive. They want to block/censor all copyright infringing material/websites. And, in result, people will have no choice but to buy it. But, really, people will just get really angry and find another way around it or boycott ever downloading from them.

        The whole system is flawed and I’m happy with the way my internet is right now. Maybe at some point, content will be free and no one will have to feel guilty about “pirating” ,but maybe that’s just me dreaming again.

        Oh, and here’s a link to the hypocrites also known as Big-Greedy-Companies-Who-Want-to-Ruin-Our-Internet:


    • I completely agree, the people who don’t want to pay for something will always find a way round downloading it and getting it for free. To be fair though, a lot of pirates usually buy the product after downloading it if it’s good enough. To that end, perhaps it is in part down to the software developers who insist on overpricing products these days and rarely producing demos.

      Notch actually said recently that he didn’t mind people pirating Minecraft if they don’t have the money for it right now, so long as they buy a copy later on when they have the money.

      I heard about that happening with those companies, shame they never came back with an official response for their employees doing it!

  2. Remember people it isn’t over yet, it has just been put on the back bench for now.

    And even without this new bill the American government is still throwing it’s weight around, demanding arrests in foreign countries and extraditions from countries when people have broken no local laws simply in the interests of (debatable) higher profits for American corporations that have more than enough money anyway and if they were not so greedy would have taken the internet as a new method of distribution rather than a threat.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Jon, we just need to keep track of its status and make sure it doesn’t sneak in under our noses.

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