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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 2:39PM (Unverified) said

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@Seffrid OPEN act is the counter proposal to SOPA and PIPA offered by Google and Facebook with a handful of California congress members attached.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 2:43PM smartstep said

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@Seffrid

I have alternative proposal.
This bill is NOT needed.

Why?

Cause in last years profits from movie and gaming industry INCREASED.

We're not living anymore in late 90 early 00' when piracy (and bad business strategy of corporations) hurt their sales.

In times of Steam, GOG, Itunes, Amazon, Hulu, etc profits are better than ever :/
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 2:45PM smartstep said

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@smartstep

Corporations are just fuc*** greedy.

Funniest is that actually consumer was better treated when corporations had problems than in times when most have really good business time :/
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 3:11PM Space Cobra said

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@smartstep

"Cause in last years profits from movie and gaming industry INCREASED.

We're not living anymore in late 90 early 00' when piracy (and bad business strategy of corporations) hurt their sales."

Also consider that most movies really don't lose all that much money when released. Sure they have a projected/"hopeful" amount analysts predict they will make, but even "bombs" can make money. Most only look at opening weekend and nowadays, only 1-2 weeks after that. If it fails locally, they don't take worldwide into account. And even when they do, they don't take rentals or DVD sales into that.

So really, we've had Hollywood/RIAA whine so much about losing money because of various things. They are still whining. Seems like they are intent on keeping their profits and not really caring about the rights/freedoms of other law-abiding citizens of not just the U.S., but the world.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 3:30PM Borick said

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@Seffrid I say let the content producers fail in their current model.

Force the content producers to work within the common realm. There is no need to argue against right-to-protect so long as enforcement is properly limited.

We need to renegotiate limits on IP laws. Currently the terms are unreasonable. This won't happen until the producers crash.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2012 12:21AM Protoavis said

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@Seffrid

I have a solution to tv piracy on a global scale and potentially film although details can't be listed as I'm currently in the process of having it patented, the sad thing is it's so stupidly simple in both scope and implementation that I can't help but think those in charge of the big corps trying to come up with a solution are just lazy and missed the obvious. Hopefully after I start trying to plug it someone higher up with the $$$ will want to buy it :)
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Posted: Jan 11th 2012 10:48AM Cyroselle said

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@smartstep This.

The idiot segment of our corporate person population doesn't realize that the Internet in its present state is the golden goose. Right now they're sharpening an axe so they can more readily get at those eggs, not realizing that disemboweling the goose actually stops egg production.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 11:58AM Lockisezmode said

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This was a good article and needs to be spread around.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:00PM smartstep said

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I agree SOPA and PIPA are one of worst thing that can happen and I am from Europe so I would not be hit by this law as much as US citizens, though it would affect me as well as some of well known websites are US based.

Still if it come to worst some websites will migrate I presume.

Also bad thing is if this law passes in US then it will be easier to push similar laws in other countries by lobbysts :/

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:37PM fallwind said

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@smartstep not just "easier" but "required". Just look what happened with Spain, the US told them they could either pass a copyright law that made DMCA look like a cakewalk or they would bankrupt their nation.

the law passed after just two weeks of discussion and no public input.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:12PM TheJackman said

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I do not support this law in anyway!

However I did enjoy the internet a lot more before sites like Facebook Twitter and and other junk social networks. As a web designer/programmer I get a lot of emails of people with the "next great social network idea" and its driving me crazy!

I do not think the US will shut down YouTube but they will force them with this law to filter and personally approve every single video people upload that will cost them a ton of money and maybe open more jobs for people! People say it cant be done... Just a few years ago people say that sites like YouTube where impossible! YouTube still will make a ton of money even with the filter system and maybe the videos that make it thru will be a lot of better in the long run. But things like YouTube earning money for uploading videos will be a thing of the pass. And people like the guy that uploaded that anti Soda video no longer will be able to make their living from YouTube. And Lets Play junk YouTube series that basically show someone play the game with all sounds and copyrighted voice work and story will be GONE! Whats a good thing!

If this bill pass or that IP thing sure its bad news free internet, really really bad.... It will be a HUGE change for the internet and us MMO gamers. However people this will put a lot of power in the hands of the USA . But it will maybe not be that bad every one fears... Who is to say that the USA not take the big powers with a lot of great responsibility?

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:35PM fallwind said

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@TheJackman "Who is to say that the USA not take the big powers with a lot of great responsibility?"

did.... did you study history as a child?
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:20PM Lenn said

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@fallwind
"So, now we have this aromic bomb. What do we do with it?"
"I dunno. Use it?"
"But that'll kill thousands!"
"You're right. We can't do that."
"Nah, just kidding. Are we over Japan yet?"
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:23PM Joaquin Crowe said

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@TheJackman I'd imagine that your ability to support yourself as a web designer would take a pretty big hit. Who would want to spend money making a site only for it to be squashed by a corporate entitiy?
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 2:48PM fallwind said

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@Lenn

"So we have this herbicide that will render the ground toxic for years, cause cancer in everyone who eats the food before the plants wither and die, causing all the farmers to move to the city and collapse the local agriculture industry, will enter the water table and kill people downstream, what do we do with it?"
"I dunno. Use it?"
"But that will kill thousands!"
"You're right, we can't do that."
"Nah, just kidding, we over those Vietnamese farms yet?"
"North or South?"
"Does it matter?"

feel free to replace with... know what, pick any "axis of evil", at one point or another they all bought US arms.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2012 12:27AM Protoavis said

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@TheJackman

Personally I like the Lets Play youtube type video's, they give a significantly better idea of whether a game is worth playing at all that legitimate game review video's which often seem more like cash for comment video's.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2012 12:34AM Protoavis said

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@Joaquin Crowe

corporate entities ;) it's where the big and stable money is in programming. Get a job in a bank and "take over" systems and as programming languages change, fewer people will be able to keep the system going....pretty much guaranteed job security since they are lazy with updating things (ie one of the major banks in Australia is using a dead scripting language and fly out an old dude from the US whenever it needs updating since it's cheaper to pay the guy a 100k here and there than the couple million dollars to rehaul the whole system.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:33PM fallwind said

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You can also contact your US Embassy.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:12PM ElfLove said

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I don't want to see these pass, but I have a sinking feeling that they will.

However I hope that the catastrophic economic fallout, and the way that it will finally affect the 'average consumer', will be the oush that it will take for some folks to finally wake up.

These laws benefit no one....absolutely no one.



Posted: Jan 10th 2012 1:24PM Joaquin Crowe said

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@ElfLove I can think of some executives who would benefit greatly.
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