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Congress Is About to Destroy The Internet

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So we might as well just NOT have computers at all. Ridiculous! I managed to read a little about it and will be contacting reps today to voice my displeasure about this unfair bill. Thanks VE for raising awareness about it and thank you all for replying to help me and others understand what this awful legislation could mean if it were passed. :P

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So, basically.. no internet in the US, then? What high and mighty bullshit. We get to be an oppressed country hacking our way out.

There would be internet, just as long as it's corporation approved.

Well, yes. But apparently much of it could be made inaccessible. It wouldn't be THE internet, rather an approved version.. which defeats the entire point of the internet IMO.

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So, basically.. no internet in the US, then? What high and mighty bullshit. We get to be an oppressed country hacking our way out.

There would be internet, just as long as it's corporation approved.

Well, yes. But apparently much of it could be made inaccessible. It wouldn't be THE internet, rather an approved version.. which defeats the entire point of the internet IMO.

Correct, and I agree with you.

What's ironic is that the method the bill uses to make sites inaccessible doesn't actually make them inaccessible, the method only makes the sites hidden. So the people who do pirate things that matter, who are the superficial targets of the bill and who tend to be net savvy, would still pirate whatever it is that they wanted. It would be average Joe and Jane who get to deal with the consequences of SOPA and copyright holders who would get to bypass due process.

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Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist or anything, but the people in power won't ever be happy (nor will they rest) until the Internet is under their control. You know, can't teach the slaves to read...

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