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December 29, 2011 12:30:05 PM

Here at Tom’s Hardware, you know we don’t typically get political because with the heated debates between AMD vs. Intel who needs Donkeys vs. Elephants?

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December 29, 2011 12:39:29 PM

GO TOMS GO!!!
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December 29, 2011 12:39:38 PM

My vote against this is in, keep 'em coming.
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December 29, 2011 12:41:25 PM

Man, China was the first thing that came to mind before you put it in there. I have many strong words and statements that could be said here but I will hold my tongue and contact my local rep. As all of us should! This is utter nonsense and idiocy. Although this is expected, great empires crumble from within.... When you try to control the people like this, they only fight back. We are not China, we aren't descendants of a people crushed by their own government. The US was founded by rebels, what do they expect the descendants of these same rebels to do once they start being controlled against their will again? Look to history congress, you may learn a few things.
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December 29, 2011 12:44:22 PM

Is the US progressing backwards?
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December 29, 2011 12:46:14 PM

Occupy the Internet! Post copyright material to the sites of anyone who has sway in DC. Find a forum on an Exxon website. Post to Youtube. Post to Amazon! We will fight on the beaches, we will fight on the landing grounds, we will never surrender!
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December 29, 2011 12:48:02 PM

tooooo many regulations already exist in this country!
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December 29, 2011 12:49:01 PM

This SOPA really has nothing to do with the control of piracy at all. It's simply a way for the government to gain more CONTROL of the internet. WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN
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December 29, 2011 12:50:54 PM

cngledadIs the US progressing backwards?

Some morons with their heads up their ass do.
My vote is in.
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December 29, 2011 12:55:43 PM

damn U.S is coming like hitler dictaturship and korea ! Doesnt seem U.S is a free country anymore. All this because music label want to make more money and artist will get less, we should all rebel like else where against stupid people like that, that always need to get more money even if they are already rich.
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December 29, 2011 12:55:43 PM

Come on USA!
What are you doing?

The world hasn't event completely ditched "communism" with it's censorship, control, manipulation and the we know best what's good for you mentality and you're trying to recreate something similar ?

If this passes, I'll be deeply disappointed for the failure of the human race !
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December 29, 2011 12:57:01 PM

If uneducated politicians can pass bills like this which hold an enormous impact for our future, why do we keep electing them? Why don't they broadcast something like this instead of passing it while hoping no one notices? I wish I could have 30 minutes to debate with these "elected" officials....
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a b å Intel
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December 29, 2011 12:57:42 PM

Excellent summary guys. Thanks for putting this together.
It helped change my basic uncomfortable feelings about SOPA into certainty. It's a very bad thing, indeed.
I will be giving my elected representatives a call.
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December 29, 2011 1:01:11 PM

It didn't work in china. Private DNS server will fix the blacklisting problem. But please send emails and call your senators and representatives and complain or we will be reduced to using the internet like all the pirates do. I know a server in a far far away place. No George you can't claim it.
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December 29, 2011 1:01:13 PM

cngledadIs the US progressing backwards?



The united states has been going in the wrong direction for a long time; for a country that preaches that everyone should have all these personal freedoms. They sure do have a lot of rules restricting what you can and can not do.

ps: If the united states did this; couldn't websites move out of the united states to...Canada? or Mexico? or anywhere else?
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December 29, 2011 1:03:20 PM

It's like someone got bitten by a pesky mosquito and he called 911 for help and they nuke the city to kill that mosquito. Bye bye information superhighway.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:05:12 PM

It could be worse than Daft Punk, suppose Intel didn't want instruction on how to OC without burning the chip in the public. They could also aks for a takedown of the url.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:05:40 PM

"To conform to these new restrictions would mean that Tom’s Hardware would have to switch to a review/approval process for any and all new posts to our forums and articles. Our community team would have to approve every single news comment, every new thread, and every new response before it went live and filter them for potentially infringing material. "

One goal is that it stunts online debate of all issues, including political issues. When you have a government as corrupted as ours, this is a big benefit. Corrupt incumbents want to stay in business, and they are all corrupt. Through their corruption, in fact, the average person in Congress has doubled their wealth in relation to the rest of the American population merely over the last 20 years. This demonstrates, in and of itself, profound corruption at a time where recent census data now shows 1/2 of Americans are poor of close to it.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:10:11 PM

GODSLAYER

The SOPA gives the bill power to shut down anyone in any country
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December 29, 2011 1:10:45 PM

SOPA is saying to the PEOPLE...

We SOPA, an organization where we have nothing to do and we're so bored with our lives
that we love to trip and mess with companies, other non government organizations, private
groups and private individuals in walks of life whom we think violates our so called "EGOTISTICAL
SELF-PROCLAIMED INTERNET LAW" and sue them just for our SELFISH CAUSE and at the
same time make our government recognize us and make profits by doing it over and over again"


-- Well, as far as censorship is concerned, perhaps these PEOPLE doesnt know the meaning of
FREEDOM and they want to implement a ONE-SIDE UNFAIR LAW where it only favors the FEW
and not for a greater GOOD of the many (Obviously).


In addition, these people perhaps are illitirate and want to implement (again) ONE-SIDE UNFAIR |
LAW in the wrong place where it doesnt need to be implemented.

-- It is like you're driving in a car and listening to an mp3 you play in your IPOD then suddenly
you were stoped by a private citizen then ask where to downloaded your MP3 you're currently
listening to then disturbs and forced you to come in front of a federal judge and accusing you
of music piracy!

If you're on your way to work then this happens to you what would you do?...
that private CITIZEN is like the SOPA!.. Likes to mess with things that are functioning properly.


If some SOPA peeps are reading this, one thing i can say to you...
BULLSHIT WILL GET YOU TO THE TOP, BUT IT WONT KEEP YOU LONG THERE..
AND YOU ARE SHITTING WHERE YOU EAT!
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:14:27 PM

Computer-illiterate congressman and senators should not be voting on something they don't understand. This bill has gotten so far because of the brainwashing done by the big media publishing companies to persuade our government officials to vote on crap like this. They'll do anything for the benefit of themselves, even if it completely destroys innovation and grinds new web development to a halt.
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December 29, 2011 1:15:17 PM

I want to vote but it require USA address and I am not in USA. Well, if you are in USA, please vote. Save THW and save the internet.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:15:48 PM

This is probably the greatest modern threat to free speech... Not to mention do these people understand what it would do to our struggling economy to limit the internet like this?!? You would see a brand new dotcom burst again on a massive scale...
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December 29, 2011 1:18:27 PM

Follow the link at the end of the article. The EFF provides a form letter that you can attach your signature to and automatically send to the representatives for your area.

It is so easy to do that not even laziness is a good excuse for not speaking up about this!
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December 29, 2011 1:19:46 PM

Don't think the politicians are doing this because they are stupid. They know exactly what they are doing. There is a very very very steady trend that is easy to see of them stripping away our rights.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:20:13 PM

- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

- A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
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December 29, 2011 1:22:13 PM

I voted!
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December 29, 2011 1:22:50 PM

And who helped DRAFT THE BILL?
GoDaddy.com, that's who! :( 
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December 29, 2011 1:26:04 PM

This comment has been approved and found to be free of piracy.
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December 29, 2011 1:31:08 PM

We are going into a nazi like world, they can detain you and jail you without charges and now can even hold web site owners responsable for opinions. I hope it can be stopped but I doubt it.
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December 29, 2011 1:31:13 PM

Move Tom's Hardware out of the US.
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December 29, 2011 1:31:57 PM

-- Another side of this, as far as LAW is concerned (that is one sided and unfair and only favors the
few) is that, the POWER of internet is compelling and can move massive people into a certain will or
point of view where it tackles major concerns of a corrupt government and how poor their governance
in many branches and agencies particularly their very dirty deeds which they are trying to hide.

Thats why they need censorship in the first place eh?..

-- All nations in this world has a dark past and dirty deeds, BUT, some are so sensitive to hide it
to the eye of the public because they are so afraid to see how their bad and corrupt governance
pulled their countries dignity and pride downwards for the sake of their selfish intentions.

-- Too bad, we the people will have to suffer for their wrong doings.
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a b å Intel
December 29, 2011 1:32:31 PM

Time to mobilize!!!
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:36:44 PM

The opposite of pro is con.
The opposite of progress is... oh shit.
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December 29, 2011 1:38:03 PM

Since this is political...that's why it's important to vote for

RON PAUL

He'll fight the nitwits on both sides of the political isle
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December 29, 2011 1:39:34 PM

It's a shame that such a great country which helped us so much during the war has become example of cenzorship, police brutality, beatings of protesters...
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December 29, 2011 1:40:06 PM

-- In addition to the things i said, look what happened to WIKILEAKS.

Now thats SOPA at its BEST! likes to mess with things which are already been exposed
and they are trying to deny it and stop it because it hurts them. Too late for them though...

Dirty deeds, Dirty past... Bad Karma for them.
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December 29, 2011 1:40:25 PM

Why does congress get involved in creating new bills to support civil lawsuits? If there is a copyright problem the damaged party should go to civil court just like any thing else. Why do music and movies studios get special laws just for them?
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December 29, 2011 1:40:36 PM

I'm gonna look like an idiot for this, but who's the retard who proposed this in the first place? And why are we not egging his/her house right now?
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 1:43:06 PM

If SOPA passes, I'm joining Al-Kaida. Seriously, I mean, that's too much restriction. It would be 500 years-step back for technology, especially Tom's Hardware. I hope that it won't pass, Google, Microsoft and many other companies have already rejected it. I would vote against, but I'm not in the U.S.
I'm with you Tom's!
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December 29, 2011 1:44:34 PM

When I first heard about SOPA I thought it was some kind of joke, (in Spanish SOPA means SOUP)
But this is very serious and not funny at all.

This could simply destroy the internet as we know it, this shall not pass.
My vote against it is IN.
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December 29, 2011 1:47:03 PM

We are becoming China! We are supposed to be the most free country in the world. That's what they want us to think. Open your eyes rednecks!
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December 29, 2011 1:47:47 PM

Done and Done Toms, I'm from canada but have a show on youtube that gets a couple thousand views a day. Ill Let my audience know in my next video and will also post a link to my website and facebook page.
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December 29, 2011 1:50:44 PM

This is exactly why things like 'positive rights' where the government is required to be in your life (as opposed to our current system of 'negative rights' which limits the government from your life) should be avoided at all costs. Laws like this stifle creativity in a post-modern culture where most art takes elements from other sources and blends them together to change their tone/meaning, force the original piece on it's proverbial head, or make a point about the subject. This would effect a wide range of media from AMVs to documentarys, to even home videos if a blocked piece of art or a sound track enters the frame.

For another example, how many people watch 'unboxing' videos as part of their product research before purchasing/suggesting a product to someone? Every product has copyrighted artwork on it. If a company wanted to they could pull your video review or take down the site that hosts it, imposing fines. In a would where online purchasing is the only way to go, I find such things to be invaluable in my decision-making process and would hate to see them relegated to only 'professional' sources which may gloss over flaws in the product.

I am all about protecting artists, and I find the piracy that goes on to be completely unethical and immoral (especially when music/movies are so cheap!), but this is not the way to do things. Our current laws where someone has to send a cease and desist notification, and allow time for such notification to be adhered to is just fine for protecting a content creator's rights (and if ignored the artist should be able to sue the pants off of the offenders!).

The internet is a wonderful place. Lets not let stupid people ruin it.
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December 29, 2011 1:52:23 PM

I guess alot of major sites would go off-shore. so i guess i'll bookmark toms UK site....
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December 29, 2011 2:18:47 PM

Submitted, Thanks for the link.
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December 29, 2011 2:31:54 PM

bobusboyps: If the united states did this; couldn't websites move out of the united states to...Canada? or Mexico? or anywhere else?


Exactly. I'm not necessarily a follower of the belief that all regulations are inherently evil, but when stupid people regulate, smart people improvise. That's why we need more ex-business owners in Congress and less career politicians.
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December 29, 2011 2:35:12 PM

Come on USA!

Tell those politicians they're just doing it wrong, with all your might. Vote and call them till they get it right.

If this thing is passed, the "life" in the internet will become miserable.

Cheers!
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December 29, 2011 2:37:49 PM

Is there anything someone in Canada can do to help? For once, I feel the cause is important enough for me to move my fat ass and actually do something instead of complaining! Then, I'll get back to SWTOR...
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