Boycott SOPA

As you probably are aware, today is "Blackout SOPA" day, where a number of sites are showing the world what the Internet could potentially look if SOPA and PIPA pass.They're definitely dangerous bills, and if you would like to join the cause with the help of your Android device, check out the Boycott SOPA app.

The app allows you to scan barcodes of items, which it will then tell you whether or not that product or company is in support or related to the bills in question. A simple, yet effective means of showing your distate for the legislation. The app is pulling data about companies and the bills from the developers' website and will be updated frequently.

The app is free and available from the Android Market. Find the links after the break to get it on your phone.

 

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Fight SOPA with the Boycott SOPA app

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green check means they do not support SOPA and that they are safe to buy from, if you're interested in boycotting that is.

So, we can drink coffee and vodka. I'm good.

(Molson is some weird thing that's not quite beer, not quite water.)

"Good Canadian Beer" is like saying "Fine Bulgarian Wine" or "Best Horse in the Glue Factory".

Molson is like making love in a canoe.

This is democracy at it's finest. If the people don't want somethign government and companies should listen and act accordingly. Dowloading now and def voting with my wallet.

I grew up in a time before the internet began so i believe every one will be fine if this passes. Personally i have no opinion in either direction on the matter but i will say that 'FREE SPEECH' has been taken to the extreme online. Perhaps congress is addressing that now.

It is, in fact, just the opposite: everything will not be fine in the sense that the internet can no longer be a useful tool for spreading information and will become a portal through which you can buy Hollywood movies. The bill disrupts the free flow of information on the internet. What if AC could not review a phone or product because they didn't have the right to? Sure, nobody will bleed, but it is unnecessary censorship. The politicians writing the bill don't even understand what DNS is or the implications of the bill, yet the companies and corporations that support it are lobbying to get it passed by paying them off. If passed, "censorship" can mean anything and websites will vanish in a flash with no notice.

Why are you here if you don't believe in free expression online? Go read a book or visit the library, you Luddite.

One of the national radio shows (forgot which one, sorry), suggested SOPA is the painted target for everyone to get upset about and get a 'victory' over while another bill of a more mundane name that does 90% the same thing quietly gets passed as the "compromise".

I will probably show what a newbie I am, but I went to the market and searched for 'Boycott SOPA'. Results: no results. Is it already blocked? (carrier: Sprint).

Note: under SOPA, if you upload a Michael Jackson song you can get five years in prison...one year more than the doctor whose incompetence killed him.

"It is, in fact, just the opposite: everything will not be fine in the sense that the internet can no longer a useful tool for spreading information and will become a portal through which you can buy Hollywood movies. The bill disrupts the free flow of information on the internet. What if AC could not review a phone or product because they didn't have the right to? Sure, nobody will bleed, but it is unnecessary censorship. The politicians writing the bill don't even understand what DNS is or the implications of the bill, yet the companies and corporations that support it are lobbying to get it passed by paying them off. If passed, "censorship" can mean anything and websites will vanish in a flash with no notice"

Please define uneccasry sensoship? I think the free flow of information is good but the dark side of it is what the less scrupulous people use it for like bomb making, pirating software and music, internet predators, cyber bullying etc etc. Everyone think sensor ship is bad but they ignore the things I just stated as acceptable to say on the internet. Why is acceptable to allow them to continue. As a parent, i don't want my children exposed to these sorts of things so i don't allow them access to the web. I will be the first to agree that people made the internet a GOOD thing. We also need to accept that at the same time we made a BAD thing.

(Note: I do not mean to intimidate you with questions, I just want you to think about what the bill does and consider a different opinion.)

You are describing what you consider a problem with people and not a problem with the bill. The bill does not concern "bomb making... internet predators, cyber bullying etc etc" and laws already exist that allow copyright owners to use plenty of force to have their copyrighted material taken down. Is it worth giving congress the power to limit access to websites in the United States? Do you think someone who pirates music anyway would pay for it anyway if the means of getting it free were done away with? I wouldn't.

Like the comment above says... under SOPA/PIPA, if you posted a video of your kids being goofy dancing around to a Michael Jackson song to YouTube so your Facebook friends could see it, you could go to jail for five years. That is longer than the same doctor that prescribed Michael Jackson the drugs that killed him. That is unnecessary censorship.

People like you that wallow in ignorance should either educate themselves or recuse themselves from the discussion altogether.

I don't think you understand why people are so upset. You see the internet as something that is bad and useless, but it's not. For some people like my employer it's business and their lively hood. Things aren't done they way they used to be. Here's the reality of the situation, sopa and pipa would be able to take down any website with even the possibility of piracy which would take down just about any site that is on the internet right now. One of them is Youtube which to many may not seem like a big deal but there are many people tax paying citizens who make money using Youtube. Uploading videos that millions of people watch now if you think our economy is in trouble now just wait till this next mistake trying to take down the internet. You said how bullying is an issue, well here's the truth people get banned for that, because harassment is part of the T.O.S. or Terms of Service agreement which you must accept in order to get service from anything now a days. If anyone reports you, you are then put on a watch list and possibly warned before you are banned. You protect your children from the internet but the internet isn't anything like real life and as much as you want to protect them from it they will be exposed. School is one thing you can't stop, and they will be REQUIRED to be on the internet to do research. This effects your children's LIVES as it does everyone's. If you even stopped for two minutes and thought about it you would see how bad this is if you can put down your opinions about how bad the internet is and think about how many billions of people this will effect because it's not just Americans. This bill will give them the right to pull down ANY SITE no matter where it was created. It violates the rights of EVERYONE. Look it up and actually do some research, Try using the internet this once.