Help Fund A 'Don't Mess With The Internet' Billboard In Lamar Smith's District

from the don't-mess-with-reddit dept

Lamar Smith has really become the enemy of the internet. He’s the main sponsor behind both SOPA and the very dangerous data retention bill that he disguised as an anti-child porn bill, even though it does nothing to stop child porn. Don’t think the internet hasn’t noticed. With lots of internet folks in Austin (part of which is covered by Lamar Smith’s district), Erik Marin (GM of Reddit) and Holmes Wilson (co-founder of Fight for the Future) had the bright idea to buy a billboard in Smith’s district with the slogan: Don’t Mess with the Internet. The final design of the billboard is still being worked on, but Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian jumped right in and set up a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise the necessary $15,000. Feel free to join in and help send Lamar Smith a message…

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TDR says:

I think I might reiterate a portion of one of the parodies i wrote last week.

To Lamar Smith:

Robin TPB: Is it not also illegal to steal the people’s culture and usurp their rights for your own gain?
Prince John Lamar Smith: Careful, Robin, you’ve gone too far.
Robin TPB: I’ve only just begun. If you do not stop passing these evil laws, I shall lead the good people of the internet in a revolt against you.

What Lamar and those like him don’t yet understand is that the revolt has already begun.

King Richard EFF: You are no longer worthy to wear this sacred symbol of authority! You have surrounded your given name with a foul stench.
Prince John Lamar Smith: Please have mercy on me, EFF. I got some really bad advice from Rottingham Dodd…
Netizens: *coughing* Bulls***! Bulls***!
King Richard EFF: From this day forth, all the porn sites on the internet shall be known as… Lamars!
Prince John Lamar Smith: NOOO!!
King Richard EFF: Take him away! Lock him in 4chan! Make him a part of /b.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Query

No. I think he’s just an egotistical idiot used to business as usual politics (ie. doing his part for special interests after taking their money). Given the geographic location for his district (ie. Austin/San Antonio area) and the fact that Austin is 1. a HUGE tech center (ie. Dell and others are centered there) and 2. a HUGE college town with a long history of political activism. I think it may be difficult for him to find support for re-election when his term is up – especially since they keep attempting to push the same sort of unpopular measures through other means which keeps memory of it fresh in users minds.

Anonymous Coward says:

Im sorry, but you could not have used worser words to so easilly allow the opposition to use against us

We’ll be labeled a bunch of childish neo naziz luvving, bullies…..or something

I get it, i feel the same way, but you should know your opponents by now, this is like fuel for them, you need too use words that isn’t so easilly manipulated by them, its their only defence……..you should have tried to get a message across, a slogan like

The Internet is for Liberty

To the point, and you cant exactly slur liberty, but im sure they’ll have a hell of a time trying to slur the internet….again

Anonymous Coward says:

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I disagree. Considering the audience and by this I mean Austin citizens who are VERY familiar with the original slogan and it’s origins, this would be a PERFECT add to place and that it is for a limited time frame. I MIGHT agree with you if this were to be part of a national campaign were most people would get the reference to the original but it’s not. And it pretty much sums up reality:

We know what you are trying to do and you better not jack with us anymore or we will have to bitch slap you again.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I predict that the internet will have a major role in the upcoming USA elections

The Internet Stands for Liberty

Just sounds right to me, and an indication of what the internet in the right hands can stand for

I know you want to send a message to them (you know who you are), but i personally think better time is spent “educating” (their words, not mine), new supporters, build build build, then slam dunk, only, when we know we have EXTREME support(numbers), they still have the power, where it counts, like it or not, so do we, but i dont want them getting desperate without us being ready, if that makes sense………i think their capable of alot worse, and in desperate times, what will they be willing to do, and will we be capable to fight it

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

I don’t know about how much impact it will have on this year’s elections because the usual players were already in place before D-day so we can really only choose from more of the same. However for FUTURE elections, THAT is a different story all together. I do agree that things are being changed and the efforts to involve the public in drafting legislation are in my opinion where it’s starting and they have no clue how forceful it will be. It’s not just about piracy and copyright or even Internet privacy. It’s the fact that people have had enough of the corruption and manipulation on ALL ISSUES and are now working to change the entire system so that this sort of thing can’t happen ever again regardless of the issue. Again, they don’t have a clue.

E. Zachary Knight (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I really don’t see the problem with the wording. I think it could have been just as effective as “Don’t tread on the Internet” with the accompanying snake.

I also don’t see how this wording could be turned against anyone. It is making the statement that the internet is fine how it is and we should be messing it up. How is that bad?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

“I also don’t see how this wording could be turned against anyone”

Dont Mess with the Internet

Going by past comments i can predict some saying some such

They’re all a bunch of bullies

They think they’re entitled to everything

The pirates speak back

Them geeks, what are they like….puh

i apologise i dont mean to unwittingly offend anyone here, i know how stupid these examples sound, but dont underestimate their assumptions on our stupidity, its just the kind ball park kind of things i can see some of them saying/writing/BROADCASTING

Anonymous Coward says:

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“The original “Don’t mess with Texas” anti-littering campaign was HUGELY successful state-wide, ran practically FOREVER, will be something EVERYONE in the area will be familiar with. It’s a really good play to parodying it.”

I was not aware of that, i agree with the line of thinking, and the more i think of the parody the more my smile lines tighten……..ill concede to some extent, its not as bad as i originally thought, considering, but i still think they’ll have a shot at it, its their nature

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

Although TXDOT won’t be happy about it. They on the trademark on the slogan and have sued several times for infringement when people used it or variations of it. At least though since this is being used in parody (fair use) to make a political statement and not in commerce (necessary for trademark infringement) there shouldn’t be any legal problems there.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

I concede my friend, i just thought that someone somewhere would be able to find those “magic” words, that, if anyone were to try to slander, would find it very difficult to do without making themselves look bad i.e. liberty, for example, essentially…….un-slanderable……..no, i dont think thats a word

William Malette (profile) says:

Letter to Editors

Send letters to the editors of all local papers in his district asking how many motion picture and recording industry personnel live in the district. Asking,if the number is very small, who does Lamar Smith represent? If you are prone to get surly then ask who is really responsible for unleashing this guy on the rest of the nation and the world.

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