Up for Debate: The hype over SOPA and PIPA

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:13am

After a day when many websites protested the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act by blacking out or otherwise drawing attention to the acts in the U.S. Congress, do you feel the impact of the protests? Did you support or oppose the acts before? Did that change? What is your reaction to co-sponsors of the acts dropping their support?

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76 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 11:09

Loner what do you do in your spare time? LOL

By: brrrrk on 1/19/12 at 12:04

Loner said

"Like any legislation, there are the stated, well-publicized good reasons and then there are the less noble, more obscure, real reasons.

Look who is in favor of the proposed legislation and look who is opposed to it."

Good point.... this morning I saw an ad in support of SOPA paid for by the Chamber of Commerce. These guys don't give a rats ass about artists rights.

By: Melstruck on 1/19/12 at 12:04

Censorship is more dangerous than theft. That's is why SOPA and PIPA should not succeed.

By: brrrrk on 1/19/12 at 12:18


The other big supporter of SOPA is the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). These are the same guys that claimed that the VCR would be the end of the movie business, when it fact it became one of their biggest sources of revenue.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 12:18

Question; is stopping a theft considered censoring?

By: brrrrk on 1/19/12 at 12:21

Loner said

"The troll schlepps the birther BS in here every single day...not to convince us of the validity of his arguments, but to annoy this posting community.

Up here, in the Empire State, we call such people, 'A-holes'."

Really? Down here we call them Assholes.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 12:27

Maybe one solution is to stop making any movies or songs that will be stolen. Then there would not be any need to censor anything.

By: brrrrk on 1/19/12 at 12:32

Yesterday I was listening to a talk show where the host was discussing SOPA. He was talking about how he had decided to give two of his books away online by posting the entire books on a site. Of course, his publisher was a bit concerned about it but the author felt strongly about doing it. Funny thing...... after posting the two books online, the sales of the two books went up significantly.

By: producer2 on 1/19/12 at 12:35

Again if internet sites would police themselves and not allow groups that they profit from commit illegal acts this would all be a moot point.

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 1:07

Good thought, Producer2, but self-policing has never worked very well in any profit-making industry that I am aware of....the monopoly on the diamond trade by a single company may be the only example...and not a good one at that, IMO.

That's not to offer a valid excuse for the laxity in the online self-policing...just bringing in the human nature aspect.

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 1:13

Thanks, Brrrrk, for the background data on who is pushing the SOPA.

SOPA will wash the dirt away, leaving behind a clean, fresh and sanitary internet community...the unwashed need to be cleansed...grab a bar of SOPA and start scrubbing.

Think of the Cheeeldren!

By: producer2 on 1/19/12 at 1:23

Hence the reason SOPA has been introduced. May not be the best but as I said in my first post today, as a society we are incapable of policing ourselves...

By: BenDover on 1/19/12 at 1:30

Well all of these acronyms bring to mind the Film Actors Guild...


By: yogiman on 1/19/12 at 2:01

Thanks for that remark, brrrrk. I consider that title a compliment because I'm making such comments about that illegal usurper in office you seem to adore so much.

It makes me feel so much surer that you and your fellow posters on this site are a bunch of stupid idiots for welcoming a person in that office whom you know nothing about. Hell, you don't even know his name.

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 2:36

Did you say "Acronyms", Ben? No sweat...contact Jingle JAMES.

In need of the language skills of a first-rate, marketing-based wordsmith? Think: JAMES

J for Jingles
A for Acronyms
M for Mnemonic devices
E for Euphemisms
S for Slogans

I'm Jingle James...and I'm right here, at your service.

By: Kosh III on 1/19/12 at 2:45

yogi said
"Much is being said about Gingrich being married three times"

This is all that needs to be said, and it applies to all: Gingrich, Reagan, Betty Ford, Teddy Kennedy, Neil Bush.....

"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery." Mark 10:11f

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 2:50

Newt's wife #2 claims that Newt wanted an "open marriage"....The studly Newt could openly pursue the open legs of an open-minded mistress, or mistresses....Wife #2 could open up the gift-wrapped dildo he bought her...it's now an open secret.

By: yogiman on 1/19/12 at 3:12

I hate to tell you this, Kosh III,

But regardless of how long you date a person, you never really get to know them until you marry them.

I imagine some of you might know what I mean, but those of you whom have never been married have no idea what I'm "saying".

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 3:19

brrrrk and Kosh why do you waste your time on nothing?

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 3:20

It's 4:20 here....and snowing.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 3:24

Missed it by that much.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/12 at 4:20

It is 4:40 here and sunny!

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 4:30

I left a comment on this CSM site:


Here's my comment:

ABC has sunk to airing dirty laundry...and the sponsors are paying top buck for advertising spots on the 2-hour spectacle....the Sordid Side of Newt and the Vindictive Side of Marianne...on display, on national television and on the internet for the entire population of the planet to watch....tens of millions will be enthralled by the tale of major league sin, sleaze and shame. A great place to be for ED remedies, STD-related Public Service Announcements, Divorce Lawyers etc.

Of course, Newt will have his vigorous defenders and they will analyze, denigrate and pontificate about the "real reasons", the "true" motivation for Marianne's nationally televised and apparently graphically detailed confession. Newt's defenders will naturally blame his accuser.

If things are this vicious in the GOP primaries...the general election should be dastardly and brutal....nobody is going to come out of this with a mandate to govern. The partisan hate will linger, like stains on old undergarments....time for a new pair of undies...I'm going for the Ron Paul brand of national boxers...sensible, affordable and unstained.

By: Loner on 1/19/12 at 4:32

Roger on your 4:20, Cap'n. Life is good. Kum Bah Yah.

By: yogiman on 1/19/12 at 5:31

Ron Paul would be a good Sec. of Treasury, but Newt Gingrich would be a better President. He is no worse than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan or Lyndon Johnson when it comes to "screwing around".

By: spooky24 on 1/20/12 at 10:46

Why isn't there a section for flame wars where these children can post and hide from comments they make?
One comment per subject not 35 by the same person. Be fair


Oh by the way the problem with Riaa and the movie industry is a horrid lack of talent. This bottomless pit started right about the time the internet went mainstream
Country music is just a joke Some pretty/slutty girl holding a guitar and lip-syncing to the same ole tunes over and over. Or some tough looking country acting dude that in reality is a gay model although he is way cute.
The only music with a shred of originality is Rap-and they want you steal it.

Remember it takes 2 jerks to be Milli Vanilli