Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:20 UTC
Legal The saga surrounding SOPA will be dominating the headlines for a while yet, and today is no different. First of all, and most importantly, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution against SOPA, while also calling for net neutrality to become part of EU law. Second, and this is also interesting, we now have a list of software companies which are against freedom of speech on the web. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Microsoft are on this list. Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against SOPA. Update II: Tumbler's anti-SOPA message on their website generated almost 90000 (!) phone calls to representatives. Amazing.
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Comment by ballmerlikesgoogle
by ballmerlikesgoogle on Sat 19th Nov 2011 18:06 UTC
ballmerlikesgoogle
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2009-10-23

SOPA is out and about for only one reason, it is to prevent the average person from being the innovator of things and ideas, and only allowing corporations (through the control of government) the power behind all innovation.

Democracy caused innovation among citizens to flourish, that is why we have our society today. It is also why all these so-called corporations to exist in the first place. Now, their only concern is to keep power and financial base to themselves.

SOPA effects primarily citizens, regardless of religious, political, or cultural beliefs. Its a bad call.

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Comment by zima
by zima on Thu 24th Nov 2011 23:15 in reply to "Comment by ballmerlikesgoogle"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Democracy caused innovation among citizens to flourish, that is why we have our society today.

You know, such mantra needs more than just repeating it...

If you look at history, there was plenty of innovation done during definitely "undemocratic" periods; possibly by far most of it.

And, when looking at last few decades, it seems that creating a bogeyman, revving up the people on some lies (say, red scares or the myths of bomber, missile, or mine shaft gaps) - which, of course, depend on "undemocratic" flow of information - while assuring "bread and games" works at least as good.
(and if you're a small ~democracy in, say, South America but not aligned properly with "the good guys" - you might very well be "democratically" given some coup d'etat and brutal dictatorship)

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