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Mark Smith ([staff profile] mark) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2012-01-18 10:53 am

Dreamwidth Studios is against SOPA/PIPA

Hi all,

You're probably aware of the ongoing protests against SOPA/PIPA, two laws that are being considered in the United States legislature that, I believe, will fundamentally harm the Internet as we know it. Today, we have joined the ongoing protests against these laws:

We have not completely blacked out the site. We debated it and while I believe it would provide a more accurate and stronger statement of protest, we decided not to because Dreamwidth is a platform that gives people a voice. We believe in our Guiding Principles and do not want to silence your voices, even if only temporarily.

While I won't say that we will never do that -- there certainly may come a time when it truly is the best way to protest -- we don't feel comfortable doing that right now. We'll see how the rest of the fight against SOPA/PIPA goes, though, and will keep everybody informed.

Thank you for using Dreamwidth. We truly wouldn't be anything without each of your contributions -- readers, writers, users, random passers-by, everything! I am truly honored to be working on a site like this.
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[personal profile] lydiabell 2012-01-18 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.
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[personal profile] 0jack 2012-01-18 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I am so glad y'all are doing something like this today. I blacked out my professional sites, but those are for information, not conversation. Conversation can't stop.
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[personal profile] sharpest_asp 2012-01-18 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the support, and thank you for not blacking out. For me, exercising my right TO SPEAK is my choice.
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[personal profile] charis 2012-01-18 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
THIS. ♥ Well said.

And DW staff, you guys rock; thank you.

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[personal profile] iris 2012-01-18 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I like your approach to protesting it. I agree, why silence the people on DW? Thank you for being so thoughtful and tactful about it.
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[personal profile] vampwillow 2012-01-18 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for your protest page.

SOPA and PIPA are very dangerous because they avoid due process; if someone complains that you are linking to "bad content" they don't have to prove anything, just tell your domain host and/or registrar and you *will* be removed from the internet. The proposals don't even give you a right to compensation when you show this action to have been in error.

I'm in the UK, and SOPA/PIPA are explicitly targeted at "foreign websites" so please please PLEASE, if you are in the USA contact your Congress and Senate representatives today. Tell them this is not the way to do it.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
There is a petition that allows non-US citizens to sign it, though whether we'll have as much weight as American citizens remains to be seen...

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[personal profile] yvonne 2012-01-18 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
wise decision!
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[personal profile] onewhitecrow 2012-01-18 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
How can non-US folk help out?
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Have you signed here? (There is a box for those outside the US)

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[personal profile] piranha 2012-01-18 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
IMO that's the perfect decision for the situation; making people aware, but allowing them the choice over how they want to express their opinion on the issue. thank you for being so thoughtful (not like that's anything unusual).
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[personal profile] princess 2012-01-18 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Seriously, this is just another of the million reasons I <3 DW.

(And as soon as my liquid cash becomes LIQUID again, I'll be reupping my premium paid because of it!)
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[personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist 2012-01-18 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.

FWIW, I'm not sure it doesn't work just as well this way: instead of one site blacking out, you have the impact of page after page of individual journals going dark or posting statements of opposition. That's a lot of signs on the virtual mall, and it creates a sense of solidarity that I'm not sure we'd get from DW itself going dark for the day.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
This. So much this.

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[personal profile] dynamicsymmetry 2012-01-18 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
What others are saying: Thank you for doing what you can to spread awareness of this issue while giving others a voice and a choice of how to use it.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 09:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. I've posted an awareness post on my DW here: with several links and stuff.

Thank you for allowing us a voice to raise awareness and pass it on. And if you do decide to blackout over this in future, I am sure we'll stand with you.
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[personal profile] xans 2012-01-18 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
This. It raises awareness but doesn't silence the platform for discussion. :)
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[personal profile] lastdance 2012-01-18 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
100% support your stand against this legislation. Thank you!
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[personal profile] ten 2012-01-18 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. I agree with your decision.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] with_discipline 2012-01-18 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for this! I've really enjoyed seeing the blackouts happen today, and I especially appreciate that we can still use DW while protesting.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
It's been rather interesting seeing the different forms the blackouts have taken.

And I have appreciated being able to post about why it's such a bad idea.
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[personal profile] bluedragon 2012-01-18 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I can understand not wanting to black out the site. With other sites blacking out, it does give a little taste of what the internet will be like if they go through. Scary stuff.
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[personal profile] tras_nubes 2012-01-18 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.
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[personal profile] snippy 2012-01-18 10:08 pm (UTC)(link)
I wrote my congress-critters a couple of weeks ago and have already received their responses, which were equivocal but leaned toward protecting my rights instead of Hollywood's.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
That's a good sign... :D

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[personal profile] ashy 2012-01-18 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.
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[personal profile] sharpiefan 2012-01-18 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
If anyone wants to sign a petition, this one allows non-US citizens to sign up too:
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[personal profile] sarajayechan 2012-01-18 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I saw that message you linked to when I tried to load my reading page and panicked. I'm glad you decided against blacking it out.
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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy 2012-01-18 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.

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[personal profile] pinesandmaples 2012-01-18 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you, DW. And thank you Mark and Denise.

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