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Author Topic: Petition to block MPAA Using Megaupload Case as Backdoor SOPA/PIPA Scheme  (Read 1993 times)
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« on: July 01, 2012, 09:23:30 AM »

I have pulled this out of the DOTCOM saga - updates thread to catch DCF members' attention and maybe give them time to sign the brief support petition, if they want.
Looks like some real wins may be imminent for the MPAA - Using Megaupload Case as Backdoor SOPA/PIPA Scheme.
You may still have time to sign the brief support petition and spread the word before the hearing/decision referred to below.
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  • To add weight to their plea, a new campaign titled “The Internet vs. Hollywood” is being launched today in which members of the public are invited to add their name as supporter of the brief.
  • These are worrying developments according to Demand Progress, not just for Megaupload users, but also for the hundreds of millions of people who store files on Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and other online services.
  • 2012-06-28: MPAA Using Megaupload Case as Backdoor SOPA, Court Hears
  • 2012-06-28: The Internet v. Hollywood - Demand Progress petition
  • 2012-06-30: Megaupload Judge To Issue Order On Return Of User Data “Shortly”
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2012, 10:46:18 AM »

Signed.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012, 12:29:12 PM »

When you sign the petition you get this informative email:
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Thanks for signing up in support of our legal brief.
The hearing is tomorrow and we need to make it clear to the judge that this case impacts MILLIONS of Internet users, so please get your friends involved right away. 
If you're already on Facebook, click here to share with your friends.
If you're already on Twitter, click here to tweet about the campaign.
Or, just email the link to your friends:
http://act.demandprogress.org/act/vs_hollywood/?referring_akid=a6610072.2137847.-2SEax&source=auto-e

Here's a sample email you can send to your friends:
Friends-
It's us versus THEM again.
Hollywood attorneys are trying to use the courts to circumvent Congress and implement a backdoor SOPA/PIPA scheme.
Fight Back: YOUR FILES ON Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, etc. and even your emails are in jeopardy.
We need to make sure the judge understands that his decision will affect millions of people.
Demand Progress is fighting back in the courts and standing up for Internet users. We are taking on the United States and the MPAA. Please click here to support our legal brief -- the court will be hearing the case TOMORROW.

http://www.theinternetvshollywood.com/

BACKGROUND: One day after the Internet staged a massive blackout to protest Congress's Internet censorship legislation (SOPA/PIPA), the United States responded by seizing millions of ordinary user files hosted on the popular website Megaupload.com.
With an aim of shutting down Megaupload and other Cloud-based hosting services (like Dropbox, YouTube or even your email provider), the government is trying to claim website operators should face decades in prison for the misdeeds of some of their users.
But while they pursue trumped up criminal charges against the companies' founders, they are shutting down dozens of websites, and leaving ordinary Internet users without any way of retrieving their files.

Please click here to sign on as a supporter of Demand Progress's legal brief: The judge will be hearing the case TOMORROW, and we need to make sure he understands that his ruling affects millions of us.

http://www.theinternetvshollywood.com/

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called the case against Megaupload a "threat to innovation". Wozniak likened the Megaupload site to a highway and those who shared pirated movies and songs to speeding motorists.
"You don't just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding," he said.

Numerous laws on the books already give copyright holders plenty of avenues to stop actual infringement, but that's not enough to satisfy Hollywood's lawyers and lobbyists.

And get this: The prosecutor in the case, Neil MacBride, previously served as the Anti-Piracy Vice President of the Business Software Alliance, where he represented the intellectual property interests of countless multinational corporations.

Now Hollywood's lobbyists, represented by the Motion Picture Association of America, want him to make it nearly impossible for ordinary Internet users to get their property back.

Please click here to sign on to our legal brief, and make sure the courts understand that millions of Internet users will be impacted by the judge's decision.

http://www.theinternetvshollywood.com/

Thanks!

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    Please consider clicking here to chip in $5 or $10 to Demand Progress.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012, 12:35:13 PM »

This affects the global community - not just the US. How can people outside the US add their support?
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2012, 09:38:27 PM »

This affects the global community - not just the US. How can people outside the US add their support?
You're darn tootin' right it affects us all.
Answer: Umm...get a "proxy" zipcode...? 
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