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admin
01-18-2012, 01:45 PM
Some of your favorite websites maybe down today in protest of two bills in Congress designed to censor the Internet; PROTECT IP / SOPA . It's important for you to understand that as a community based website, with member generated content, pedal-on.com could be potentially effected by the passage of these bills.
Visit http://americancensorship.org/ to voice your opinion.


http://youtu.be/vjrPuYLAIkk

CycleGuy
01-18-2012, 11:37 PM
While these are US bills before their legislative houses, the outcome will have world-wide ramifications. In a simple statement, the bills, sponsored by the large music and film industry, will effectively allow the US to censor the internet world-wide. The ramifications are huge for everyone regardless of were you are.

We (internet users) need to stand up and voice our concerns. If you have friends/relatives living in the US, let them know about this. Have them contact their representatives. There are other ways to manage and reduce piracy of intellectual property. These bills are akin to taking a 25lb sledgehammer and swinging it to kill the fly on the wall. The fly may be squished or it may escape; but there will be a huge hole in the wall.

How could these bills affect you, a Pedal-On user, regardless of where you reside? If a member unwittingly posts a link to a banned site, and it is not caught by the admin team at Pedal-On, the Pedal-On site could be banned and unaccessible.

Paul S.
01-19-2012, 09:46 PM
It's so frustrating that the supporters of SOPA/PIPA promote their position as being for job creation. As in other cases where job creation is mentioned, they at least suggest that being against their position is un-American. They fail to consider both the moral implications of their proposals and the damaging effects they have on other jobs - in the case of SOPA/PIPA, those of people who work for numerous websites such as Pedal-On.

myriadgreen
01-20-2012, 06:48 AM
It's great to raise this issue, and as a non US citizen, I feel a bit helpless! But I applaud sites like Wikipedia and The Oatmeal (check this out.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnOnVwg8s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnOnVwg8sc) - it's a bit rude but makes the point well).
Thanks to all those people in the States for their loud, persistent and hopefully effective outcry against this.

CycleGuy
01-20-2012, 07:52 AM
It's great to raise this issue, and as a non US citizen, I feel a bit helpless! But I applaud sites like Wikipedia and The Oatmeal (check this out.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnOnVwg8s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnOnVwg8sc) - it's a bit rude but makes the point well).
Thanks to all those people in the States for their loud, persistent and hopefully effective outcry against this.

Also non US. But you have relatives in the US. Friends in the US. Are they aware of what is happening? Have they taken a stance? As 'foreigners' we can still be heard.

myriadgreen
01-20-2012, 12:39 PM
Good point! I suppose we can also contact our respective governments to ask them to speak for us to the US, although knowing the UK government, they'll not be keen to rock the boat.