The Onion Explains SOPA And PIPA (As Only The Onion Can)

from the cutting-through-the-onion dept

Well, it took some time, but with so much disinformation that was spread online about SOPA and PIPA, we really needed someone to cut through the clutter... and who better than The Onion? They've finally done so with their simple SOPA/PIPA explainer that includes some of the finer points of the law that you may have missed if you hadn't read the bill carefully:
  • Music review sites can only allude to a song's title and content in vague terms
  • All pirated material available only at the Commerce Department's new site, Torrent.gov
  • Government will actively encourage people to download only public-domain music, such as Pipey Lester's "That Cat's a-Mewing!" or Ukulele Ted's "Nickel For Your Hat"
  • Denies future generations the ability to watch hilarious scene from Dirty Work where Chris Farley yells at the Asian hooker anytime, free of charge, which is a fundamental right of being an American
  • Does absolutely nothing to get rid of goddamn Lolcats
  • Makes the MPAA and RIAA feel better, which, if you have any shred of a soul, causes pure rage to swell through your very being
  • Any person suspected of Photoshopping bill sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) in an unflattering manner shall be subject to a minimum sentence of two months in prison; sentence will be increased by an additional two months if MS Paint is used
  • No longer legal to steal Ryan Gosling's credit card information
If only they'd shared this info sooner, so much misinformation would have been stopped...


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:18am

    You mess with LoLCats and there will be blood!

     

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    Call me Al, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:40am

    Whats the betting that the MPAA, or an equivalent, will highlight this as an example of the mistakes and disinformation published by the Google.

     

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    Michael S. (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:44am

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    Would not be surprised. The MPAA and RIAA probably think The Onion is as reputable a news source as FOX news.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:47am

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    Any news show you watch nowadays is so absurd...so the Onion fits right in with the rest.

     

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    fb39ca4, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:47am

    No, the MAFIAA think Fox is a good source of news.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 6:53am

    I don't think you could claim fair use by copying that much of the original, Mike. If you're just going to copy and paste other people's work, you should be more careful.

     

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    Mesonoxian Eve (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:04am

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    Seconded.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:22am

    I don't think you could claim fair use by copying that much of the original, Mike. If you're just going to copy and paste other people's work, you should be more careful.

    Mr. Gibson is that you? How's that Nevada State Bar inquiry going?

    You must have forgotten that you proved that copying a full article can be fair use.

     

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    surfer (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:24am

    damn

    I was gonna say that. oh wait, since copyright is extending to the idea as well as the expression, I can sue you for infringement in Germany and will. /s

    YOU should be more careful.

     

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    Hulser (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:54am

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    The MPAA and RIAA probably think The Onion is as reputable a news source as FOX news.
    It is.

    But seriously folks, it's a shame that "fake news" acts as more of a watchdog than the traditional media outlets do.

     

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    demented, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    We rainz da furie of 1000 lolcats upon u!

     

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    demented, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    After all, they were pro-SOPA too.

     

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    8bitkieran, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 7:59am

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    The Onion is as reliable and reputable as Fox news IMO...

     

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    AdamBv1 (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:18am

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    Where's that "Sad but true" button again?

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:32am

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    Dear Lord, not the furries!

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:56am

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    *hands you lolspeak to engrish to texting to english dictionary*
    this will clear that right up.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 8:58am

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    we needz over 9000 lolcats to make dem pays

     

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    bob, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 9:11am

    Wow. Talk about "fair use".

    It's easy to be funny when you "share" 100% of someone else's work.

    But hey, it's all okay if you just put a link somewhere and give them credit.

    This site is usually above such wholesale plagiarism. It's sad to watch this happen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 9:41am

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    woosh

    Oh wait my sarcometer is blinking on this one too. Nice.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:32am

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    9001 lolcats approved. We can haz vengens!

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think the site tried to have one back in the day but Metallica sued :(

     

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    Atkray (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 10:36am

    Re: Wow. Talk about "fair use".

    y u hate Loolcats?

     

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    Jason, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 11:45am

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    What they aren't? They are both full of sensationalized satire delivered under the guise of news.

     

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    Mark, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:24pm

    Orrin Hatch

    Orrin Hatch has been in the Senate for 36 years and he's probably the most outspoken advocate of the Government regulating the Internet. He's for blowing up computers remotely and without due process to help people get the picture about IP:

    http://www.dethronehatch.com/orrin-hatch-is-no-friend-of-the-internet/

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 27th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Wow. Talk about "fair use".

    It's okay, bob: just think of it as a paywall of sorts and your world will be good again. :)

    Oh, and BIG content, BIG search, and BIG [noun].

    Feel better now, buddy?

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 28th, 2012 @ 5:52pm

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    The MPAA and RIAA probably think

    Whoa, you lost me there.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 28th, 2012 @ 5:53pm

    Re:

    I don't think you could claim fair use by copying that much of the original, Mike.

    Then you are misinformed (or joking, I'm not sure). Fair use can include copying an entire work.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 28th, 2012 @ 5:54pm

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    D'oh my post is superfluous. Gwiz, you should use the "reply to this" link at the bottom of a comment you want to reply to. That way it shows up properly in threaded view.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 28th, 2012 @ 5:55pm

    Re: Wow. Talk about "fair use".

    But hey, it's all okay if you just put a link somewhere and give them credit.

    This site is usually above such wholesale plagiarism.


    You're not really trying very hard, are you?

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 29th, 2012 @ 11:37am

    Re: Re:

    ...you should use the "reply to this" link at the bottom of a comment you want to reply to. That way it shows up properly in threaded view.

    Yeah. Usually do. Screwed this one up. I do that occasionally, especially when replying to what was the bottom comment at the time.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 29th, 2012 @ 1:53pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I do that occasionally, especially when replying to what was the bottom comment at the time.

    Oh, that makes sense. Sorry if I sounded condescending.

     

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    Norbert, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 3:45am

    Sopa and Pipa

    Interesting article.

    I believe in the long run, this SOPA type of behaviour by the US government will hurt the overall economy of the States.

    More and more online e-commerce businesses will be considering moving their hosting to European based Web hosting companies. This will only hurt the overall economy structure of the US.

    Thanks.

    Norbert

     

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