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Old     (wakeboardern1)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-18-2012, 8:05 AM Reply   
With websites like Wikipedia and Reddit going down for the day in protest of the SOPA legislation, I think it is something that the wake industry needs to take very seriously. Wakeworld, Alliance, Wakeboarding Mag, SBC, and countless small grassroots sites are in critical danger from this. Many of these sites rely on content that involves copyright infringement. Specifically user made videos that use copyrighted music without purchasing the rights to it.

Essentially, the publishing of that content on any of these major wakeboard sites could result in our favorite websites being shut down out of the blue.

So I propose that as a forum, we all take a stand on this bill. Sign Google's petition:

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Write your congressman or woman, and also write your senator, because their PIPA legislation is likely to be just as damaging. This stuff must be stopped or we could lose access to our favorite websites.

EDIT: I just discovered that the protests have successfully gutted the bills... Nonetheless, we need to stay weary of overbroad laws similar to these, as they're what destroy liberty.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...ra-white-house

http://www.sdtimes.com/blog/post/201...ght-thing.aspx

Last edited by wakeboardern1; 01-18-2012 at 8:09 AM. Reason: Bills defeated...

 
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