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Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:00 PM Reply

To answer the question everyone has been asking, YES, we are going to participate in the Internet blackout tomorrow in protest of SOPA / PIPA.

Read my SOPA post for more info about how SOPA would impact Newgrounds. While the bill has faced recent setbacks, it is still a looming threat to the Internet, as is PIPA.

We need to make it clear that we will not tolerate anything that establishes government censorship of the Internet, no matter what the intentions.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:02 PM Reply

BLACK USERS UNITE!!!

WE WILL NOT STAND BY WHILE NO ONE SEES US STANDING BY DUE TO OUR SKIN COLOR!!!

WE SHALL FIGHT FOR A BRIGHTER NEWGROUNDS!!


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:02 PM Reply

Excellent move :) Newgrounds is probably going to get royally screwed if SOPA makes it through.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:03 PM Reply

Could you, like, not do this.
Anyway how will this effect the voters? Since it starts at midnight and is for 24 hours?

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:03 PM Reply

I haven't heard anything about this blackout.

Is NG going to be down all day then?


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:03 PM Reply

Glad to hear you're participating, without the big sites, the movement will fail. The internet is not only one of the greatest sources of entertainment these days, it's also the largest and most advanced school. There should be no censorship on learning.

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:07 PM Reply

Tom, don't give in peer pressure. You don't have to shut down NG to be part of the cool crowd of hippie internet protestors. We love you for who you are and know that you hate SOPA.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:08 PM Reply

WE WILL SMUSH THE COCK OF FREEDOM INTO THE FACE OF CORRUPTION!!!!

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:09 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:00 PM, TomFulp wrote: To answer the question everyone has been asking, YES, we are going to participate in the Internet blackout tomorrow in protest of SOPA / PIPA.

Read my SOPA post for more info about how SOPA would impact Newgrounds. While the bill has faced recent setbacks, it is still a looming threat to the Internet, as is PIPA.

We need to make it clear that we will not tolerate anything that establishes government censorship of the Internet, no matter what the intentions.

Freaking love it, seeya in two days then, Tom. Thanks for the warning, I shall download the necessary flash games for my survival.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:10 PM Reply

Awesome. I will spend the time the site is down tomorrow reflecting on my pure hatred for SOPA.

I will channel it into raw power

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:10 PM Reply

Fuck SOPA!!

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:10 PM Reply

Is this the WHOLE site going down or just front page as you previously stated?


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:11 PM Reply

Yes! Thanks for supporting this Tom, it just sucks that schools can't do it. That would emphasize this protest beyond all recognition. SOPA and PIPA suck balls, and some news I've heard earlier was that due to Public hate of SOPA, it has been totally shelved, but PIPA is still a threat.

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:11 PM Reply

I have to admit, I don't see how an internet blackout of even the big sites like wiki will make an impact. I mean, it's not like public sector workers going on strike and thus causing chaos due to their actions. People just won't be able to access some sites for a day. Maybe I'm just not seeing the big picture here.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:12 PM Reply

I fully support this decision.

Even though SOPA has been shelved due to pressure from the president, it is still a threat - as are other similar bills, such as PIPA.

See you on the other side, gentlemen.

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:13 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:03 PM, Auz wrote: I haven't heard anything about this blackout.

Is NG going to be down all day then?

Most likely in the range of 8am-8pm EST.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:13 PM Reply

Good luck to you, SOPA will be a huge mistake if the government pass this crap. I mean it's something they used in China for crying out loud.

To even think about censoring the internet, I mean what the hell?


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:13 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:11 PM, Gagsy wrote: I have to admit, I don't see how an internet blackout of even the big sites like wiki will make an impact. I mean, it's not like public sector workers going on strike and thus causing chaos due to their actions. People just won't be able to access some sites for a day. Maybe I'm just not seeing the big picture here.

It's to show what hell would be like if sites like this had "offending content" and were shut down all together, and I admit, if SOPA comes to pass, I shall start an uprising against the U.S.A.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:14 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:07 PM, ZJ wrote: Tom, don't give in peer pressure. You don't have to shut down NG to be part of the cool crowd of hippie internet protestors. We love you for who you are and know that you hate SOPA.

I'll admit I was on the fence for a while because the whole thing feels more like a publicity stunt than a protest sometimes, however I'm against SOPA and want to be on the right side of history.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:15 PM Reply

There goes my plans of clicking the ads on Newgrounds all day Wednesday...

Oh well...

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:15 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:10 PM, Bahamut wrote: Is this the WHOLE site going down or just front page as you previously stated?

Really just the front page, so you can still find the rest if you come in from behind.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:18 PM Reply

I'm in complete support of Blackout 2012.

Freedom is one of the few things that should be given to all mankind, if nothing else.

Freedom to information is essential to human progression. Without it, man is back in the dark.

Freedom should never be given up. If the US gives up its freedom, pressure will be on other countries to do the same.

Companies should not control government. Government should not control its people.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:19 PM Reply

Do we have the day off tmrw tom


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:20 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:19 PM, Luis wrote: Do we have the day off tmrw tom

No you gotta finish that NG Photobook.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:21 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:15 PM, TomFulp wrote:
At 1/17/12 05:10 PM, Bahamut wrote: Is this the WHOLE site going down or just front page as you previously stated?
Really just the front page, so you can still find the rest if you come in from behind.

I always come in from behind.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:22 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:15 PM, TomFulp wrote:
At 1/17/12 05:10 PM, Bahamut wrote: Is this the WHOLE site going down or just front page as you previously stated?
Really just the front page, so you can still find the rest if you come in from behind.

Pussying out, eh? I would say that you should black out everything. But that would be expensive.

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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:23 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:11 PM, Gagsy wrote: I have to admit, I don't see how an internet blackout of even the big sites like wiki will make an impact. I mean, it's not like public sector workers going on strike and thus causing chaos due to their actions. People just won't be able to access some sites for a day. Maybe I'm just not seeing the big picture here.

I guess it's just to give people an idea of what the impact could be and to get more support in the "anti-" camp. Some people might not really be sure what this act will mean for them, but when they see their favourite websites will go down they suddenly realise SOPA is going to suck for them too.

It's not really meant as a pain in the ass to the government or whoever is behind SOPA, like strikes usually are.

Anyway, I support this decision as well. It's nice knowing it's probably only going to be from 8 to 8 and the back door will still be open though.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:23 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:13 PM, DETHman666 wrote:
It's to show what hell would be like if sites like this had "offending content" and were shut down all together, and I admit, if SOPA comes to pass, I shall start an uprising against the U.S.A.

I just can't imagine the people behind SOPA or whoever is thinking of passing it (cannot pretend to know the innings of US law making, I don't even understand it in England), will go tomorrow "Well shit, my kid couldn't copy and paste his history assignment from the internet, we better stop this SOPA from passing."

If Google did a mass blackout, just completely went offline for a day then maybe it would achieve something. I just don't think the ones who have the power to pass SOPA are going to be that net savvy anyway.


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Response to Blackout Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 05:24 PM Reply

At 1/17/12 05:23 PM, Auz wrote:
I guess it's just to give people an idea of what the impact could be and to get more support in the "anti-" camp. Some people might not really be sure what this act will mean for them, but when they see their favourite websites will go down they suddenly realise SOPA is going to suck for them too.

Ah, that makes sense now. Thanks :)


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