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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:10 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:05 PM, Timmy wrote: Signing online petitions is one thing, but I would urge everyone in the United States to call their representative and either (a) support him/her in their decision not to support SOPA, or (b) express your disapproval about their support of SOPA.

Having your name on a sheet of paper is fine, but actually having the representative's offices contacted individually in opposition of SOPA is a much more powerful message. Note, however, that this is not an invitation to hound your representative with calls - you don't want to put an anti-internet taste in their mouth.

If you don't know your representative's contact information, you can plug your zip code into this website.

Thank you (and another person who said this). CALL YOUR REPS AND SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

The only reason why companies have said "control" is because we let them by simply doing nothing. Sign the petition, call your reps right now, and let your complaints be heard.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:12 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:02 PM, cousteau wrote:
Block your domain name, essentially shutting off your site to the US.
This probably wouldn't affect people using things like OpenNIC (as long as they don't also ban IP addresses). However it would be a total pain in the net.

First off I like how you are thinking. We could all use proxys to get around it. But alot of users on newgrounds aren't hardcore members. Why go to newgrounds to play flash games in school when you can go to any other website and not need to use a proxy.

Sure you could get around it, but would there be a newgrounds left? Would Tom be able to keep all his employees hired?

Probably not.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:14 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 02:00 PM, Malachy wrote: Online petitions are fun and all but the bill hasn't passed yet which means you can still contact your representatives and let them know exactly how you feel!

Call both of your Senators and your Representative offices. You can fill out an email form as well if you don't mind your name and email being public record. The more people who call in opposition to SOPA (and NDAA while we're at it!) the less effect a deep pocketed lobbyist will have!

I've both signed the petition and e-mailed my representatives.

I wish I knew more about this previously, I'll admit the first I heard of it was just a few weeks ago.

Last month I met our governor face to face and I sure woulda attempted to bring it up with him. Worst that could've happened is he just wouldn't have had time to talk about it.

Check the public records to see who has taken campaign donations from SOPA supporting companies or PACs. Let your reps know that they shouldn't accept that money and should pledge to return it if they wish to get your vote. 2012 is an election year. They are more likely to listen to potential voters now more than ever, especially if they think accepting cash from shady individuals might jeopardize reelection and SOPA support is as shady as you can get!

I'm having trouble finding it on my local politicians' platforms. I'm also hoping now it has everyone's attention, we'll see it debated more.

Any politician who deems it as "unimportant" is obviously not versed in current events and oblivious to our technology driven society.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:20 PM Reply

this might a bit saddest if I put this out but if SOPA (or PIPA) pass, america has pretty much screwed not only the internet but every internet and technology company out there. this results in a spiraling ecomonic crash to america because the innovation and creative leaves america and goes to other countries with a more stable legal system.

what does this tell you? it tells you america loses being the centre of the majority of industries because of the legal enviroment.

this again allows the world to stop following america as an example in law making because the public says otherwise. mass hacking and protest anyone?

on a side note SOPA (and PIPA) protect internet porn.

well that's my rant over.

Death to governmental censorship


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:21 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 02:07 PM, ornery wrote: If you are reading this it means you are on NG. If these bills pass it is possible that THERE WILL BE NO MORE NEWGROUNDS.

This is why as a non-American citizen I am strongly against SOPA. While I understand combating piracy, this is doing it all wrong and goes way too far with taking control of things. I only expected this to go down the drain just like ACTA but the talks made it a much bigger threat.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:26 PM Reply

It's called SOPA, eh? That's "soup" in Portuguese. And it looks like that soup exceeds in its levels of sodium chloride.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:27 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:26 PM, Ocelotlikespie wrote: It's called SOPA, eh? That's "soup" in Portuguese. And it looks like that soup exceeds in its levels of sodium chloride.

seriously dude this isn't the time for making jokes.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:29 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:27 PM, Aquilar wrote:
At 12/20/11 03:26 PM, Ocelotlikespie wrote: It's called SOPA, eh? That's "soup" in Portuguese. And it looks like that soup exceeds in its levels of sodium chloride.
seriously dude this isn't the time for making jokes.

i used to make jokes... no i can't do it... sorry...

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:29 PM Reply

Leave the internet alone!

Oh well, I'm sure they'll invent software to circumvent the regional block. Like Freegate; for the great firewall of China & Israel.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:34 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:27 PM, Aquilar wrote:
At 12/20/11 03:26 PM, Ocelotlikespie wrote: It's called SOPA, eh? That's "soup" in Portuguese. And it looks like that soup exceeds in its levels of sodium chloride.
seriously dude this isn't the time for making jokes.

Obama's administration.

Case and point.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:35 PM Reply

One thing to keep in mind, it's a cynical viewpoint but also very likely that politicians are entertaining SOPA for so long because they are raising TONS of money for reelection from the powerful lobbying groups on both sides. Apparently entertainment companies (for SOPA) have outspent Internet Companies (against SOPA).


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:37 PM Reply

Nice going Tom lets do this everybody! >:D


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:38 PM Reply

great good bye internet I hope you next reincarnation is not in america


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:38 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:35 PM, TomFulp wrote: One thing to keep in mind, it's a cynical viewpoint but also very likely that politicians are entertaining SOPA for so long because they are raising TONS of money for reelection from the powerful lobbying groups on both sides. Apparently entertainment companies (for SOPA) have outspent Internet Companies (against SOPA).

a measly .3 mil? cmon google... how can my new religion let me down like that...

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:45 PM Reply

Tom, lets just move to Toronto. Toronto is pretty rad.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:48 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:35 PM, TomFulp wrote: One thing to keep in mind, it's a cynical viewpoint but also very likely that politicians are entertaining SOPA for so long because they are raising TONS of money for reelection from the powerful lobbying groups on both sides. Apparently entertainment companies (for SOPA) have outspent Internet Companies (against SOPA).

The bill is supported by entertainment giants such as Disney, Time Warner, Comcast, CBS, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

However, a broad group open internet advocates and internet companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay, and Twitter oppose the bill on the grounds that "it would stifle further technological innovation and free speech."

That was a very interesting read, and I figured mainstream already supported the bill. Yeah, I'd say big media and corporate TV oughta come down. We have starving people, homeless people, no money, broken policies, ruined constitutionality, no patriotism, and it feels like our nation are zombies. I think corporate media realizes that this country has some very real issues and problems. They'd do anything to ruin the free speech enterprise that has been the matter at hand for modern age Americans.

I think the fact that they're not seeing enough 10-digit figures is a sign that they need to shut up our ability to shout about the problems we're facing as human beings... it's not even dictated by where we're from anymore. We're really looked at like we're sheep, and I never really saw much faith or passion behind people when they hear the label. And I just have to ask: why?

See folks, kids, adults of all spectrums; we're entering a new age. George Bush Sr. has said it, Donald Rumsfeld said it, McCain, Obama, Gingrich - all of your weltering politicians have said it, and that "we need to move forward." What do you think they'd say about SOPA now?

"We need to move forward in protecting the security of this country!"

I'm no politician. I'm certainly nobody famous, but you need to start getting that soot of smog and bullshit out of your eyes and clear your head. Stop sitting here reading our posts and do something. Pull an Anon and be a hero. Don't an hero over it.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:53 PM Reply

It's fucking awesome to hear Tom taking a stand on this, and eagerly awaiting the next words of wisdom as I read along each sentence.

Tom Fulp is our Kim Jon Il, all hail our new and beloved, dear leader.
May your reign be strong and prosporous, dear leader.

Tom is cool guy

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:55 PM Reply

Thank you for devoting a post to this Tom, it will most likely actually make a slight impact. I have been pestering people on Facebook for the past month or two to sign petitions against this, it's a terrible thing that will basically censor the internet as the Government sees fit, as you already know. Belghghhh, it's just really frustrating.

It's kind of funny how you made Chinagrounds as a joke, and now we could basically have worse than that.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 03:58 PM Reply

there's an idea lets all get together and make a flash movie and song to go with it to raise awareness?

like this guy did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w6GtwOvn WM&feature=player_embedded


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:04 PM Reply

And this is why I massive search the Audio Portal when we make a movie. SOPA is just stupid, so stupid. I hate all this kind of laws. I hope people will do something to stop it.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:09 PM Reply

My emoticon is how you, the reader should feel about this subject.

It is going to stifle competition.

The notion of the oligarchy exclusively as a nation governing-body is what's letting this happen in the first place.

Economics and politics are global and trans-national/global now. The geographic/legal lens of the USA gives a skewed notion of what takes place here.

The four major cell phone companies do just as much to rule the everyday lives of US citizens as the government does.

RIAA, and the other corporate few are trying to push the spirit of anti-trust laws in more virulent ways -in my opinion- than Microsoft ever did. The only difference between RIAA, Monsanto, et al, is that instead implementing their reign/policy through a business plan, they're doing it through a Federal government.

People's hypnosis regarding the ethics and reality of a law and country allow this to even be considered. It's like the scene right out of classic movie "Network" where the character Howard Beale receives his epiphany in the board room.

SOPA would give all the weapons to the richest companies and no shields to start-ups.

This bill is beyond the scope of the U.S. Federal government because this is an international bill in nature, due to the global nature of consumerism and business.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:10 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 11:54 AM, TomFulp wrote: you actually need to pay a fee and register an agent to be protected. With SOPA, however, unscrupulous companies will try to shut down entire businesses over complaints that could be resolved with a simple DMCA notice. They'll do it because they are total shitheads who don't give a fuck.:

Sounds like some stupid bullying mafia shake down method of earning profit. (HEH WE'LL PROTECT YOU...FROM US...IF YOU PAYS US.)
what these idiots don't realize is you cant privatize or label a price on the entire internet.
Great topic tom.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:12 PM Reply

Things are really heating up aren't they, Tom.

While I understand their fight against piracy, I can see this getting abused. If there's a loophole of any kind, people will exploit it for their own personal gain whoever they may be, a corporation or some average joe.

I may not be an American but this concerns me just as much as you guys. The United States hosts most of the world's most widely used websites and if they were to be shut down due to copyright infringement without trial then it would greatly damage the internet as a whole. I guess we can say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

If this comes to pass, then the only thing positive I can say about all of this is that I could tell my Grand kids that I lived during the Golden Age of the internet while I was their age.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:13 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:58 PM, Aquilar wrote: there's an idea lets all get together and make a flash movie and song to go with it to raise awareness?

like this guy did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w6GtwOvn WM&feature=player_embedded

Haha. Epic video, actually.

You know, I made my sprite series in 2004 and the whole story behind it was that Tom sealed his essence into a Nu (a creature from Chrono Trigger that existed as long as humans, with no known purpose) as he realized that one day in the future, long after his human form and every one else's is gone, he'd have to hand the key to the portal to a hero.

I guess long story short is that it was sort of like a moment in time, in another dimension, far from here where he sealed everything from appearing in the dimension the characters were in. But an evil empire did what it could to open the "Portal", and now it's up to the Saviors to destroy the empire and seal the Portal once more before their world is completely destroyed.

I thought it was kind of ironic. I want to say it's prophecy, but I'm not that cool... :P


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:13 PM Reply

If anyone is keeping up with the entire process, the SOPA bill has been canceled. Reason: Heavy public outcry. Voice does matter, but no one has one. because of this, they expect us to follow along like mindless sheep every time, because it has yet to change.

Anyway, the bill has been canceled, at least until 2012. If we keep pushing it will never get passed.

As far as the NDAA, it is stated many times in the bill that it cannot, will not, and may never be altered to affect existing citizens of the united states, unless they are directly affiliated with terrorists in the 2001 attack, so you can tell the government to fuck off as much as you want (doesn't mean they won't change it anyway; they're a bunch of morons)...

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:14 PM Reply

Despite our opposition to SOPA, we strongly believe that you don't have any reason to post unlicensed material on NG in the first place. There's a whole Audio Portal full of musicians who would love to have their music featured, as well as an Art Portal full of artists who make amazing transitions into games and movies. Why promote the wares of a massive consolidated industry when you can support individuals working alongside you on NG?

In all seriousness, those were some great words. If I ever get the chance to make an animation someday, I'll be sure to include Audio Portal music.

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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:16 PM Reply

if you want more about the impact of SOPA and PIPA

another link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhwuXNv8f JM


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:22 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 03:27 PM, Aquilar wrote:
At 12/20/11 03:26 PM, Ocelotlikespie wrote: It's called SOPA, eh? That's "soup" in Portuguese. And it looks like that soup exceeds in its levels of sodium chloride.
seriously dude this isn't the time for making jokes.

I'm sorry. I understand the seriousness of the matter at hand. I realize the whole Internet might be compromised. But make no mistake, my joke was not a random one. It was a critic. You see, whoever decreted Bill S.978 was faced with the opposition of many American citizens and so the bill wasn't passed. Here's where the sodium chloride comes into place. That person got salty, so he made up a new bill, the protect IP bill, with traces of S.978. And it all came to this now. The battle for the Internet.
I know now that perhaps I sounded like a jerk. I'll think twice before posting something from now on.


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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:23 PM Reply

Tom, I altready took the liberty of doing on video on SOPA and passed it aroudn to all my friends on YouTube about it. Hopefully we can get enough people to yell and scream to the governemt that not only would SOPA break the internet, but it would cost the US billions! If it passes, I think Americans should riot...


I will take that useless piece of information, and deposit it on the Merry-Go-Round or Whoop-Dee-Doo!
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Response to My SOPA Post Dec. 20th, 2011 @ 04:24 PM Reply

At 12/20/11 12:00 PM, Carbonwater wrote:
America.
Oh okay.

yah why would you care, your country already neutered your internet. lol