Denial: MPAA Pretends That No Big Sites Have Joined SOPA/PIPA Protests

from the living-in-denial dept

Living in what can only be described as pure denial, the MPAA announced today that the SOPA/PIPA protests "failed to enlist big sites." Honestly, there's really not much more to say about that. Google. Wikipedia. Facebook. Amazon. Craigslist. All participating. Let's just stare in wonder at the MPAA's hubris and ability to deny reality.


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    crade (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:05pm

    Maybe they meant the protest failed to enlist *some* big sites. Wow do they ever come off desperate all of a sudden.

     

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    usul_of_arakis (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    And yet they link to an article that says the opposite. Par for the course for the MPAA, claiming something says some thing it does not.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:35pm

    You forgot to mention Craigslist.

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:39pm

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    It's actually a pretty good article on the protest that he links to.

     

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    Dennis Yang (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:43pm

    smaller site.

    I like how the Reuter's article calls Reddit a "smaller site."

    Alexa graph.

    What does that make Reuters then?

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:44pm

    Perhaps he means that mpaa.gov and riaa.gov are still blackout-free. No, I'm pretty sure I typed those URLs correctly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:44pm

    I just took a look at the MPAA's Twitter account. Wow. Some people really are thick. They nitpick quotes from various sources. But only quotes that they take out of context and appear to support their own positions. They quickly make tweets about "people upset about Wikipedia outage" and so on (including tweets about other companies/sites offering to take up the slack for Wikipedia, for today obviously), then they pretty much insist that they're doing everything they can to work with others on this legislation, meanwhile they say Wikipedia and others are blocking any such attempts at cooperation.

    I thought yesterday's statement by Chris Dodd was as "pot calling the kettle black"/hypocritical/ironic as it could get. I stand corrected.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Reuters

    Here's the kicker: that WAS the headline in the Reuters article. You can still see the original article at MSNBC.com.

    However, now that same Reuters URL (I believe - it's the one linked from the MPAA's Twitter feed) is singing a different tune: Pockets of Internet go dark to protest piracy bills. The article is completely re-written.

    It's pretty obvious that Reuters thought the protest would fizzle, and wrote the story yesterday. Now that it's actually a big deal, they're scrambling to cover their tracks. Pretty amusing, actually.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:46pm

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    And yet they link to an article that says the opposite.

    Yeah. Is reading even a prerequisite to work for the MPAA?

    From the article that the MPAA linked to:

    "Something this big - which looks to be the largest and most prolific online protest ever in the short history of the Internet - that's bound to get the attention of lawmakers across the board," said Jeffrey Silva, an analyst at Medley Global Advisors.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:47pm

    It's not a big site unless aliens from another planet have heard of it, therefore there are no big sites on the Internet.

     

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    Dennis Yang (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:48pm

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    Good point.. added now.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    I think the MPAA might be splitting that hair a little thin. Yeah, so Google didn't blackout their site, but they did still join in on the protest. Lying by omission is still lying.

     

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    Loki, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:49pm

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    They have always been desperate. Their biggest advantage has always been so few people have ever compared their statements (like their response to the recent White House memo) against the actual facts. when you sit down and compare what the RIAA and MPAA say something said or meant against what was actually said or meant you have to question if they even really understand the English language. They are either the largest collection of pathological liars I have ever encountered, or are so divorced from reality I question how they manage to stay out of mental institutions. The fact that I used to be one of their biggest supporters just makes shake my head in dismay.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:49pm

    Where do you see Facebook participating? Zuckerburg posting personal posts and referencing buried pages is far from the company itself supporting "Blackout Day." In fact, I'd say Facebook completely skipped out. They don't have any mention of it anywhere that a regular user would see it. Major FAIL on their part.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:50pm

    They mean facebook/twitter

    Liar-speak is a subtle thing. The article mentions two sites that didn't black out today. That's what they've latched onto.

    It's like ignoring the crowds and highlighting the 5 people who stayed home during the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:51pm

    Re: smaller site.

    abysmally small.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:52pm

    google? yeah, that's small, only the worlds largest/most used search engine.

    Wikipedia? pfft...insignificant. The worlds largest encyclopedia should offer it's website in Klingon, then it might be 'big'

    Reddit? Please...only about 100 mil unique hits per month. They need to somehow offer their site to the world's penguin population, THEN..it'll be big!.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:52pm

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    Unless it involves a woman. Then it's self preservation.

     

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    Vincent Giannell, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:53pm

    Man. Those MPAA guys sure are a bunch of liars. Those big sites did join the SOPA/PIPA protest. They just refused to accept that fact.

     

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:55pm

    Quick Fact Check

    Google is the #1 largest site on the web. Facebook is the #2 largest site on the web. Wikipedia is #6. Amazon is #9. Heck, the Alexa list of largest sites in the world reads like a directory of SOPA opponents; essentially ALL of the largest sites in the world oppose SOPA.

    For fun, MPAA is #96,830, RIAA is #146,123.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:56pm

    enough times repeated becomes truth...

     

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    DarkWolf901, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

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    Actually I think it's more of a case of the pot calling the snow black...

     

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    Loki, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Reuters

    Plus, they are assuming because sites like Google didn't completely go "dark" or that Facebook didn't join the blackout they failed to participate. Wrong. I've seen at least 50 wall posts of Google's SOPA page on Facebook today, as well as a large number of posts from various sites such as Reddit, Gizmodo, Wikipedia, and a host of others and I'm seeing more and more people cross-posting those various links. Facebook is actually doing more by not doing anything, allowing a much wider selection of protest information to disseminate than would occur if they just put up a single link to their own anti-SOPA/PIPA protest factsheet.

     

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    PRMan, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

    Maybe...

    Maybe these small internet startups should just BUY the media companies and then we can see how "small" they are.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:06pm

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    The Mayans predicted IPv4 exhaustion in 2012. Don't talk about aliens reading the Internet until we have IPv6 fully deployed.

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Re:

    They have hardly always been desperate when it comes to getting what they want from DC. Usually it's more of a snap of the fingers and a yawn and a bad law is slipped in for them type of deal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Re: smaller site.

    It's Reuters. They're so confused about computers, they could have been talking about the font size.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Hilarious, they say it doesn't enlist big sites then links to an article about some of the biggest sites on the internet who joined in.

     

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Quick Fact Check

    Though to be fair, Reddit is only #115 on the web.

     

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    Cowardly Anon, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    I think what he meant is that no big name sites that aren't dedicated to piracy. Obviously these sites would oppose the bill....they make their money off pirates. Thus, their opinions don't matter.

     

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    Philip (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:16pm

    What the ??

    Tweet posted: 16 hours ago via Tweet Button
    Article posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:44pm EST (under 1hr ago).

    Err. MPAA tried to jump the gun? But to back-post a tweet? With an article made in the future?

     

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    Kevin H (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Re: Quick Fact Check

    That's only a difference of 96,715 websites between Reddit and the MPAA. Totally a negligible amount.

    /sarc

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    Phones clearing

    Half an hour ago, I got through to staffer for senator after only four or five ringey-dingeys.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    I created a Boycott Big Content Facebook page for people to share their ideas,etc.
    MPAA You need to go down !!!

     

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    rubberpants, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

    Yet Another Analysis of the MPAA's Statement

    People often say far more than they intend to simply by the words they choose. Even carefully crafted PR statements contain hidden insights.

    "Only days after"

    The date of the blackouts was determined before the white-house released their statement. The use of the word "only" implies that having the timing of the blackout was somehow improper, unreasonable, or wrong.

    "the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation"

    Intentionally grouping the White House and chief sponsors together so that it is unclear who the actions and positions in the rest of the sentence are attributed to.

    "responded to"

    "Responded to" doesn't mean removed, fixed or addressed. Responded means anything other than silence, up to and including "screw you."

    "to the major concern"

    Note the singular of "concern." They acknowledge that there are other concerns, and that they did not respond to them.

    "expressed by opponents"

    By using the word "opponents", they reveal that they see this as a game. There are many other words they could have used there. The game theme keeps popping up later as well.

    "and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together,"

    They just finished saying that they see people who don't support the bill as their challengers in a game, that there are concerns they didn't respond to, and then somehow think we'll believe that they want all parties to "work cooperatively together." This is clearly a lie. The other things they've said indicate that they don't want that at all.

    "some technology business interests"

    "Some" is a pretty weak word to represent a quantity that tends to mean "not many." They want to minimize the number. Including the word "interests" evokes the term "special interests" and the negative connotations associated with it. (I find that particularly interesting as this is coming from an organization that's whole reason for being is to influence policy. Where as the "technology" businesses are actual businesses.)

    "are resorting"

    They use "resorting" to imply desperation or a last-ditch effort, that they believe the blackouts were a hasty reaction and not well thought out or carefully considered. That's not true. We know there was lengthy discussion, advanced planning, and careful coordination between many parties before hand, especially in the case of Wikipedia.

    "to stunts"

    You know, "stunts", like Evel Knievel jumping a flaming car or a seal balancing a ball on it's nose; implying hollow and pointless entertainment with no real purpose or effect. It's too soon to see all of the effects of this, but early indications are it's been quite effective.

    "that punish their users"

    This is an attempt to persuade people that encounter the blackout that the site isn't punishing the MPAA - it's punishing them. (Again, interesting coming from an organization that not only literally threatens to punish it's users every time they use their supporters products with a red warning about big punishments but has also actually punished it's users, including children and elderly people by suing them for enormous sums of money.)

    "or turn them into their corporate pawns"

    Again with the game metaphors. The MPAA doesn't produce or sell anything they simply follow the orders of the companies that fund them. Pawns. Furthermore, the whole point of the MPAA is to influence policy makers with campaign contributions and lucrative private-sector employment opportunities. Pawns again. But somehow, when someone is encouraged to contact the person elected to represent them, they're pawns.

    "rather than coming to the table"

    They are making clear here that they don't want the direction of the country being determined by the voice of the public, but by big players in a closed room sitting around a table making deals. First chess, and now poker.

    "to find solutions"

    "Solutions" plural. These bills are not the end, in other words.

    "to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging."

    We know that all do not agree. It's hard to tell a blatant lie through, it causes psychological discomfort. So, they had to add the word "seem" to soften the statement. The fact that they even put this phrase in there, shows that they know this isn't true. When someone is writing about drunk-driving, do they bother to write that "all now agree it's very real and damaging?" Of course not, everyone already agrees with that. Also, by trying to strengthen "real" with the word "very", they are betraying that they suspect it isn't real but they want us to think it is.

    "It is an irresponsible response"

    They are saying that the blackout was reckless and that someone just like you could get hurt by it. Classic appeal to fear.

    "and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services."

    They are admitting that people "rely" on their opponents. If someone relies on you, then you are essential. I'm surprised by this and think it was a slip up on there part.

    "It is also an abuse of power"

    They are acknowledging that the Internet is powerful and they resent that.

    "given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."

    This is clearly a threat. They're saying that these companies have too much freedom and they can take it away. "Those are some nice freedoms you have there. It would be a shame if something were to happen to them."

    "It’s a dangerous and troubling development"

    "Dangerous" is, again, an appeal to fear. The use of the word "development" tries to suggest that these actions are a surprise and were not provoked or precipitated by any events. It's an attempt to absolve themselves of any responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

    "when the platforms that serve as gateways to information"

    I'm surprised they would use the word "gateways" here. It's a common criticism that they are the "gatekeepers" of content and they just want to lock it up. Perhaps they are trying to imply that "those other guys are gatekeepers too, see!"

    "intentionally skew the facts"

    "Skew" is a pretty weak criticism, akin to "tilt" or "spin". They could have said, "they are lying", but they didn't because that of itself is a lie and would be too strong for comfort. It also would be too hard to fact check them on that - whereas "skew" could mean anything.

    "to incite their users"

    "incite" is clearly an homage to mob violence and implies coercion rather than persuasion. (Shouldn't they have said "induce" just for kicks and giggles?)

    "in order to further their corporate interests."

    They are saying, "See, we're not the only ones with corporate interests. Everyone is doing it so it's okay."

    "A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one,"

    We know it's called a blackout. Everyone is calling it a blackout. "So-called" is an attempt to weaken the term. "Yet another" is trying to imply that there were previous actions that were also "gimmicks." (Writing a letter to congress is a "gimmick?")

    "designed to punish elected and administration officials"

    This is a deflection of blame and criticism away from themselves to congress. Guess they're not true friends after all.

    "who are working diligently"

    They are pointing out that the congress who can't get anything done has a chance here to look like they're doing something and they want us to stop being so hard on them and just give them this chance to save their careers.

    "to protect American jobs from foreign criminals."

    Of course, "jobs" is the buzzword of the year so that's no surprise. The big old "American" and "foreign criminals" is an appeal to nationalism and patriotism. They went one step short of saying "terrorists." That might have worked ten years ago.

    "It is our hope"

    "Hope" here shows that they doubt this will work.

    "that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts"

    Again with the deflection. "You guys tell them, we're too scared to."

    "and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”

    They are implying that they are engaging in some efforts but those efforts are not meaningful. Notice they didn't say "effective." "Meaningful", implies moral righteousness which gels with their line that "piracy is illegal" and therefore must be stopped - no matter if it's actually harmful or the laws practical to enforce.

     

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    Bengie, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    Cigs

    Cigarettes are good for you!!! rable rable rable! can't hear you!

    Denail

     

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

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    You have to go waaaaay down the list of biggest sites in the world to find anything that doesn't benefit financially from piracy to some extent. Linked In (#16) is the only one on the top 50 (counting only ones whose titles are in English and thus that I can read; and 50 is where I stopped looking) that plausibly does not derive any income from piracy.

     

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    Mesonoxian Eve (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:36pm

    Perhaps the reason the MPAA is in denial is these sites are redirecting the IP addresses associated with the MPAA to a site that still looks like no position has been taken.

    As for Wikipedia, this one's obvious: they'll never look for facts, so this site's foreign to them.

     

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    Keii (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:42pm

    It seems like this has happened all before...

    Anyone remember Baghdad Bob? I don't know why I was suddenly reminded of him...

     

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    joseph evers, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:43pm

    http://encyclopediadramatica.ch is joining in the protest too, they get over 10 million unique visitors a month.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re:

    Linked In? Come on, all those resumes are copied and slightly modified.

     

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    Rekrul, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:04pm

    Amazon? The site doesn't look any different to me.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:04pm

    Re: Reuters

    Wow, the MPAA stealing someone else's words for their own ends....that's never happened before...

    /s

     

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    Richard (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:07pm

    Re: It seems like this has happened all before...

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Quick Fact Check

    It is in MAFIAAland.

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:09pm

    Re:

    Wikipedia is still a "large site" though by pretty much anyone's definition.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:11pm

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    Amazon? The site doesn't look any different to me.

    They have small link in the upper right hand corner that links to NetCoalition.com. So, yeah, not a whole lot of support there, but, some is better than none.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re:

    Well, apparently not "anyone".

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:13pm

    Re: Cigs

    Denail: not just what they put in coffins.

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:14pm

    Re:

    I don't think thats what he meant. They aren't supposed to let on that they want to shut down all the movers and doers until after nothing can be done about it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:19pm

    Re: Re:

    You have to go waaaaay down the list of biggest sites in the world to find anything that doesn't benefit financially from piracy to some extent.

    And what does that tell you?

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re:

    How big is Stumble Upon? They seem to be getting into this as well. Is anyone else getting nothing but anti SOPA/PIPA stuff?

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Quick Fact Check

    That's only a difference of 96,715 websites between Reddit and the MPAA. Totally a negligible amount.

    Actually, if you use MPAA/RIAA Standard Accounting Procedures, the MPAA website is 27 places ahead of Reddit because MPAA hits count as 4 each (the same way their astroturfing group counts stuff).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:29pm

    Silly boy, those aren't the big sites...the big sites are
    RIAA.COM
    MPAA.COM
    SONY.COM
    BSA.COM
    etc...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:42pm

    Re:

    I was about to say pretty much the same thing actually.

    As far as I can tell, they only consider their sites as 'Big sites', and since they obviously haven't joined the blackout, it means that no big sites have.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 2:52pm

    MPAA is underestimating the reach of internet...is not just not the big sites not blacking bout...but rather, the unification of the small, medium and big protesters what is causing this strike...of course, they refuse to admit when to give up.

     

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    bjupton (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:22pm

    Re:

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:25pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    That "piracy" isn't actually a big deal?

    Welcome to the fold, brother.

     

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    WDS (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    A defense?

    Maybe Google could use this in their Anti-Trust defense.

    "How could we possibly be guilty of anti-trust violations, when we don't have enough traffic to be counted as a 'Big' site?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    Here in Canada I saw only one small article about the blackout and it also indicated only small insignificant sites were participating. Of course it was in the sun...

     

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:31pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "And what does that tell you?"

    That the people passing laws that go after anyone deriving any benefit from piracy are absolutely and completely clueless. That almost everything - including the old media industries - derives some level of financial benefit from piracy, and it's extremely difficult to find something that doesn't to any extent.

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Yet Another Analysis of the MPAA's Statement

    Going for 'most insightful comment of 2012'? ;)

    Brilliant dissection of the "message"!!!

     

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    Grae (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:37pm

    Make Magazine has joined as well: makezine.com

     

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    Jay (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 3:44pm

    @MPAA

    Hey MPAA! I would like to be avle to see things fom your point of view, but I can't get my head that far up my A$$.

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 4:06pm

    Re:

    They are perfectly right. I checked and the big players are not participating. None of the top search engines (www.yahoo.com, www.altavista.com, www.lycos.com) or the biggest social networking site (www.myspace.com) are participating. It's a complete failure! Google? Wikipedia? Whoever heard of those guys?

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 4:07pm

    OK, I have a nasty question: are you protesting with the ugly grey background or is it just a CSS error?

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Yet Another Analysis of the MPAA's Statement

    Gosh, I hope you're wearing a rubbershirt too because I wouldn't want to get any on ya.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 4:59pm

    Re: Re: Reuters

    Because of this I am very proud to be an American and live here. I hope that that what went on today will awaken the sleeping giant that IS the population of the USA.

    Sad, but probably not. I cry for My Country.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 5:37pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 6:04pm

    They've been throwing a tantrum by saying that Google and Wikipedia are abusing their power. Now that more people are joining in, they're sticking fingers in their ears saying that none of them matter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 6:44pm

    Re: Wikipedia

    "people upset about Wikipedia outage"

    Wikipedia did not have an outage. All you had to do was turn off JavaScript and Wikipedia worked just fine. Wikipedia even told you that in their message about SOPA/PIPA.

    Reading comprehension is a wonderful thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 6:51pm

    This... statement... is... false!

    Google is too big!
    SOPA protesters are pawns of Google!
    SOPA protests have no big sites backing them!

    If I didn't know better, I'd swear they thought we were AIs, and were trying to use logical paradoxes on us.

     

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    LC (profile), Jan 18th, 2012 @ 6:52pm

    I didn't think it was humanely possible to stick ones head up their own ass. But MPAA has clearly proven me wrong.

     

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    Callavan, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 7:23pm

    I'm sorry, what's a MPAA again?




    XD

     

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    Forgotten Voter, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 12:08am

    Re: Re: Re:

    As has been said by this site many times in the past, the answer to piracy isn't passing stupid, draconion laws

    Its this:


    Piracy is a service problem.
    The way to defeat piracy is to
    provide a better service than the pirates.

    Not take a shit on the First Amendment!


    -source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvXo4sGB7zM&feature=share

     

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    DoN0tReply (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 1:37am

    Re: Yet Another Analysis of the MPAA's Statement

    Brilliant diagnosis rubberpants :)

    Saving that along with my copy of the original statement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 2:49am

    Re: Re: Wikipedia

    I hope the "reading comprehension" comment wasn't aimed at me personally. I know Wikipedia did not have an outage. I'm merely quoting and stating what was being tweeted from the MPAA Twitter account.

    And the "Wikipedia outage" was from one of their tweets. As were "reports" that people were upset about this and blah blah blah. It was pretty far fetched and truly grasping at straws to denounce/belittle today's events.

    Like I said, they were putting a spin on everything going on today, as well as things that have been happening lately.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:26am

    misunderstanding

    They meant bigsites.com. There you can find the most fun, silly, and cool sites on the web. Without them in the protest, it all seems so meaningless.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jan 19th, 2012 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    We have already driven ootb away but I'll still repeat it for the lulz:

    The solution is a /better/ business model!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Re:

    encylopaedia metallum did toO!

     

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    The Luke Witnesser, Jan 19th, 2012 @ 6:46pm

    Here lies the truth about SOPA/PIPA that Techdirt has not been reporting: what MPAA, RIAA, and Hollywood execs do not want you to see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzS5rSvZXe8

    The truth behind why these big companies responsible for SOPA and PIPA are also responsible for piracy itself is far more insidious than even TechDirt realizes.

     

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