SOPA: Anonymous Lists Their Demands

    January 19, 2012
    Zach Walton
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The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all.

On Wednesday, the “official” Anonymous twitter feed linked to the group’s list of demands. The document is titled, “Bright, and Clear: The Future of Free Speech.” In it, the group details their list of demands for the future of the Internet that they believe SOPA and PIPA want to dismantle.

As we watch the web go dark today in protest against the SOPA/PIPA censorship bills, let’s take a moment and reflect on why this fight is so important. We may have learned that free speech is what makes America great, or instinctively resist attempts at silencing our voices. But these are abstract principles, divorced from the real world and our daily lives.

We believe a healthy society doesn’t allow its artists, musicians and other creators to starve. The copyright industry has been justly criticized for abusing the political process in a desperate attempt to maintain its role as a cultural gatekeeper, a business model made obsolete by a digital age of free copies. But the RIAA, MPAA & IFPI deserve our opprobrium for making enormous profits while often leaving the very artists it claims to represent *poorer* than they would be as independents. While the public may have greater access to the few artists deemed sufficiently marketable to gain mass media promotion, fewer and fewer of us are making art and music in our own lives.

Do you agree with Anonymous’ claim of a digital age of free copies? Are the MPAA and RIAA’s business models outdated? Let us know in the comments.

From there, the group lists their demands starting with the call for the WIPO to be disbanded. They also demand the elimination of the DMCA‘s registration requirement for qualification under the “safe harbor” provision.

They move onto more court-related topics with their expectation that courts apply penalties just as severe to rightsholders who issue abusive takedown notices as those applied to copyright violators. They also demand that any penalties for copyright infringement must be sane and reasonable and not to be based on “unsubstantiated, outlandish claims of harm.”

They demand that the Department of Justice begin an anti-trust investigation into the copyright industry, with a specific focus on collusion between rightsholders and ISPs in monitoring Internet users.

They demand an end to sales of radio frequencies into private hands. They believe that the radio waves are a form of speech and should belong to the people.

A big one that most would not agree with is their demand that ISPs stop interfering with file sharing via BitTorrent or any other protocol.

They want recognition of total ownership, not merely licensing, of products purchased. They feel that they have a right to tinker and modify devices as they see fit. The Library of Congress should not be in charge of determining acceptable use.

They reject the principle of contributory infringement under the pretense that “while there may be bad uses, there is no bad code.”

One that I think everybody can get behind is their expectation that legislators and judges make efforts to educate themselves about the technologies they oversee, and to call on and respect the opinions of technical experts when necessary.

All research receiving any public funding must be placed in the public domain upon publication. Likewise, the US Patent and Trade Office must immediately cease issuing software and business patents, and declare all such existing patents null and void. They also call on the rejection of any patents on mathematical formulas and genes or other naturally-occurring substances.

They demand that copyright and patent terms be reduced to reasonable lengths (two and five years from the time of creation, respectively). Works should only be eligible for the length of protection when created.

They recognize a broad right of “fair use” that would allow anybody to remix, sample, mash up, translate, perform or make parodies of any work as they see fit.

Their final demand is that courts give bloggers the same freedoms that journalists enjoy.

“The right to a free press originally meant a literal, physical printing press – not membership in some government sanctioned elite. Blogs are the modern day digital equivalent.”

They end their list of demands with a final call to action to their fellow “Internauts.” They end their message with “either stand with us or get out of the way.”

What do you think about Anonymous’ list of demands? Do you agree? Or are they just the ramblings of an idealist? Let us know in the comments.

Anonymous is not new to protesting human rights violations or making demands of certain groups that they don’t agree with. This is the first time, however, that they have laid out reasonable (to some people) changes to Federal and International law that most people could get behind. It’s fascinating to see a group that only a few years ago was attacking Web sites for the “lulz” has transformed into an activist group that more people can support.

It’s important to remember, however, that this only represents a portion of Anonymous. As these movements grow, there will be counter Anonymous movements that will want to respond to threats like SOPA and PIPA with more targeted, direct physical action like Operation Blackout.

Does Anonymous strike you as the new frontier of activism? Let us know in the comments.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gary.beach?sk=info Gary Beach

    I think they need to demand that Antivirus companies be investigated to see if they release bad code into the wild to insure they have a business model.

    • Zach Walton

      That is definitely something that should be looked into. I don’t know if I completely agree with them intentionally releasing bad code, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they intentionally didn’t apply filters to every known virus and malware definition.

    • Anon9376

      Or, you know, disclose when the source is hijacked. Looking at you, Symantec. Only took you 6 years to tell us!

  • http://www.lmpgames.com Geowil

    I agree with most of those demands. The one I do not is the dismantling of the DMCA. It needs to be fixed to prevent fraud, but it does work. Everything else I agree with wholeheartedly, especially the ISP traffic throttling.

    • Justin

      I also agree with most of their demands. Now I’m probably on some watch list. lol

  • http://cacorruptionwatch.wordpress.com Guy Chamberlain

    Is “Mal the Duck” to WordPress what SOPA is to the USA? http://cacorruptionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/is-mal-the-duck-to-wordpress-what-sopa-is-to-the-usa/

  • Justin

    I completely agree with everything said above.
    Anonymous makes good points, in a clear, and very reasonable way. Personally though i would have to disagree with the few above who would say antivirus software companies put out bad code

  • Steven G

    This is the first issue that I think Anonymous has gotten behind in which I support their actions. If Anonymous can get behind more of these kinds of causes instead of creating their own agendas the world would finally have a voice that makes sense.

    • Gne


      • “SOPA” means “Blowjob” in Greek

        They also dismantled a massive DarkNet Child Pornography ring. I am going to assume you were ignorant of that. Because otherwise the FBI will be at your door shortly…

  • Jacob

    Even the government doesn’t want to go making anonymous mad. if the bill passes I give Anonymous a week before they break it and make their own internet.

  • Sil

    well for the most part Anonymous is right in that sopa and pipa should be taken down. as Anonymous represent the few remaining real line of defense for the free internet world. for most of their history of activity, members of Anonymous has always stood on the forefront of our rights of speech in both the digital world and the real world. so for those who doubt Anonymous intentions, you can be ensure that the result of all their involvement has lead to positive results.

  • Mr. E. Nigma

    Anonymous has been the true force showing that regardless who you are or where you sit within our own government… You are not above the constitution. Like many others who swore an oath to uphold and defend the constitution from all foes forign or domestic. I believe that anonymous is the first real defender of that in the cybernetic world. This act to censore is no different from when alcohol was a poison that must be removed from our pure land. From when they stated that any woman who is seen without a blouse is indecent expouser and they must punish said woman for being proud in her own body.

  • Tori Rune

    over the last few years i have researched the things anonymous has done and i like to keep myself updated. I give my support for what they are trying to do.

  • Iareunknown

    We need to go back…way back..small government, less intrusive, less prying…and the Govt needs to quit creating hysteria by creating “Terror” to impose new laws of restriction.

  • http://hannahhockens@gmail.com mens gold rings

    This is very trending topic on the internet now a days.

  • Darryn

    Hollywood’s claim that American workers are $5.5 Billion worse off due to torrents is tangible.
    Leonardo DiCaprio $77 Million 2011 – 2012
    Johnny Depp $50 Million 2011 – 2012
    Adam Sandler $40 Million 2011 – 2012
    Q: What part of that $5.5 billion are you missing out on ?

    • lamar_smith_likes_c0ck

      Firstly, i find my name relevant to this topic. Secondly, clearly those actors need more money…how do you expect them to provide for their family with only $40M? outragoeus…

  • Chris

    I’ve never gotten into politics but I really think if the gov passes it then this country will loose its freedom of speech. I give ananomous 1 month before they go to dc and kick everyone in the ass

  • Craig

    For once I agree with them for the most part. I think the patent thing is a bit off and the duration of copyright.

    One thing I am surprised they did not ask for, which I consider a substantial abuse, is that of the changing TOS and the requirement by Sony, Facebook and the like that change the TOS in their favor after you are locked into the TOS because you use or have purchased a product.

    I buy an Xbox or PlayStation, then a year later I can’t upgrade or use a service because they have changed the TOS to something I don’t like. It is effectively taking my property, making me sign something under duress as I can’t use it if I don’t agree but yet I own it already

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Yes, I have to agree here – corporations are all for protecting private property rights, UNLESS it’s YOUR property.


    the people behind the sopa & pipa are those in the making billion business, and thas the plain true.
    what happened to the free share, fun navegation, the real purpose of the internet…just about everything about the net these days is $$$…in another words they had turned the net into a hore.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      That’s because, for corporations, EVERYTHING has to be ‘monetized’.

  • http://www.thebathbusiness.com Teresa

    They don’t even have the nerve to show their faces! C’mon. Anonymous are a ridiculous organisation. This is simply a case of jumping on a bandwagon to earn popularity points. Then when they forward their true agenda (which tends to be outlandish pr political stunts) people don’t just laugh at them. I wouldn’t support them because they are insincere.

    • http://www.atheist-reference.org Steve Ollington

      Theresa, that’s the whole point lol. I think you may need to do a little research before making such observations of certainty. Aside from Anon being still young and growing, they wield some real power and use it for the right reasons, fighting against corruption and attacks on Freedom of Speech. The governments and big businesses know who they are, and they fear them… again, that’s the point! I take it you haven’t watched V for Vendetta…

      • Kris

        They wield no power, you want to know why? They have nobody willing to step up and claim it.

        Hiding behind anonymity is not brave and threatening people to meet your demands instead of negotiating in good faith is terrorism.

        It’s hard to respect a coward.

        • “Kris” means “Oblivious Idiot” in Tiawanese

          Their anonymity is the only way they can do what they do without the Government arresting them for hacking, abuse of technology and extreme vigilantism, regardless of how altruistic their intentions are. And they are not threatening the people, they are threatening Congress. Because they are proving themselves incapable of acting in the public interest, and instead are becoming the spearhead of the corporate effort to own every physical and virtual square inch of reality.
          And they do wield power. Without them, the protests in Egypt probably would not have succeeded. Without them, the fraudulent activities of so many corporations wouldn’t have been exposed via Wikileaks. They are aggressive and powerful. Without them, our internet privileges would have been curtailed years ago.

      • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

        Anonymous is an organization advocating for freedom of expression, fair use and open source – I suppose, Teresa, that if Robin Hood dropped by to help you out, you’d report him to the Sherriff of Nottingham? As for showing their faces, with the passage of the Patriot Act under Bush, and the NDAA this year under Obama, you should be aware that EVERYONE is being WATCHED, and that ‘showing your face’ can result in indefinite detention without charge or trial a la GITMO?

    • Mako Nazarbayev

      Obviously you’re either a troll or you have no idea who Anonymous is apart from a few hate messages directed towards Anonymous. Anonymous dismantles Racism, CP, Censorship, Etc. They are here to help us.

      • Mako Nazarbayev

        O, I C that many ppl hav already responded with the same thing, thanx guys, lol, Epic smiley that wins overall stickwer 4 all o’ u :3

    • jim


      Anonymous isn’t an organization of people.

      They’re people who are organized.

      No spokesman.

      No leader.

      No club.

      • Jacob G.

        What’s your point, Jim?
        It doesn’t really seem to me that they need a leader.
        They do what they do and they do it well.

  • http://www.atheist-reference.org Steve Ollington

    I love Anonymous! I wish there were more ways we could show our support to them for watching everybody’s backs the way they do. Legends!!

  • Craig Holman

    I simply do not understand this sense of entitlement

    Leave the free market free and it will moderate itself.

    The worker is due his wages, if he asks too much….don’t buy it. and he will lower his price. That the ability to steal copyrighted material exists, does not justify the stealing.

    Wants some, earn some, pay some, get some.

    OR they will stop making it.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Sorry, I simply could not let this go …

      I simply do not understand this sense of CORPORATE entitlement

      Leave the free INTERNET free and it will moderate itself.

      The worker is due his wages, if he asks too much…OFFSHORE it. and he will lower his price, THEN THE CORPORATION CAN MAKE MORE PROFIT. That the ability to COPY copyrighted material exists, does not MAKE IT stealing.

      Wants some, earn some, pay some, get some.
      OR they will stop making it. (SERIOUSLY??? the Corporations will never stop making crap we don’t need and marketing to us with sex and violence.)

      Methinks there are a number of TROLLS on WPN today.

      • Dystopiate

        Trolls? No, libertarians and Ayn Rand zealots. The polar opposite of what the government is currently doing.

        The person above you is pretty much saying that if the public don’t play by their rules, then they will stop producing, which punishes not only the people that bought the product, but those that they employ.

        It starts getting wildly off topic, but eventually what it comes down to is the corporations being able to hold workers hostage if they threaten to stop, or “go away to Galt’s Gulch”

    • Instantaneous

      If they stop making it, someone else will.

    • http://www.gogoodpages.com/ wake99

      “Leave the free market free and it will moderate itself.”

      Free Market, what a joke! Its rigged and has been for years.

  • anonymous

    Agree 100% with all of the demands.

  • http://www.sfpincchicago.com Shadow Fire Promotions, Inc.

    When did we, as a country, start to surrender our rights to the government? Not the right to download or anything like that, but the right to fly on a plane without being sexually assaulted, or the freedom to create a web page (that does not violate anyone else’s copyright).

    SOPA and PIPA, will, in essence, allow our government to “shoot first, and ask questions later”. As is typical with laws such as these, it will be disguised as “saving money”, but will end up costing more and more, as taxes are raised so our government can spend more money trying to figure out how to enforce the freedoms they infringe upon.

    The DMCA and associated laws don’t do a single thing to “protect” anyone. Metallica wasn’t losing money when Napster offered their music. People DO buy CDs and movies. But in the new age, people want to “sample” before buying. When MTV actually played music or when radio stations did not have a “top 40 only” mandate that forces stations to recycle the same songs over and over, people learned about new music that way. Now, with no outlets to learn about new movies and music, people download to see if it is worth buying. Especially since most CDs now are under 60 minutes of music. Asking people to drop more than $10 for under an hour of music is a little absurd.

    Who do these laws hurt? Not the major label artists, who, as has been shown before, are always going to show as owing their label. It hurts the unsigned, independent artist trying to get their name out to the public.

    Assuming these laws pass, then the question would be, “How will it be enforced?”, at which point, not only will our government plunge us further into debt by spending billions to study how to enforce this law while still pretending to be protecting the American people, but they will simply censor anything anytime for any reason if just one person complains.

    If you legally buy a movie, then turn around and sell it on Amazon (maybe you bought a VHS, and now want the DVD), will our government arrest you for that crime? What’s the crime? Who cares?? It’s the Federal government, they don’t NEED a reason to spy on your phone calls, read your emails, sexually assault you in airports or anything else.

    Just remember, when you’re being sexually assaulted in the airport, make sure to thank the person who assaults you, because if you were not being touched inappropriately, you would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we have from these sexual assaults.

  • buck strickland

    Its about time!

    And Sony and Freemantle needs to get over themselves with their “mark” cr@p!!

  • http://bit.ly/vIxjyx Sylvia

    I AGREE! to end this “worlds Jail” where a few thinking and acting to be the CONTROLLER of all else and everyone else… to tell as all and making stupid nonsense rules and laws up… for others ..just someone in a “top Position” had a damn dream maybe…. ok !

    WAKING UP ! and claiming humans rights of freedom !

    all this damn “Physical and Mind (cold) WARS on our planet is “behind the real Curtains” ONLY about a few POSSESSIVE LEADERS of Governements and Religions for there OWN POWER SATISFACTION AND PROFIT !
    When we “normal People” STOP to support this and give them no power anymore …
    START TO QUESTIONING AND THINKING BY OUR SELF … “WHY….is this so.. and can this be…!??

    .. WHAT WILL BE LEFT TO THIS possessive Positions of this FEW who thinking THEY are “GOD’s” and controlling the whole Universe and Humanity..????

    ANSWER: not much, they are born also just “naked” like YOU and ME and not with there Suits and Ties.
    We have to stop being slaves of few possessive minds here or Humanity will de-volution experiencing .. what I can not even really believing that this will happen really…
    sorry, I had to get this out !
    I am FREEDOM FREAK PERSON, OK, I admit, because from nonsense limiting rules and controlling the Minds with FEAR, this does NOTHING GOOD BRING UP, Nobody can and could ever creating GOOD for as all with Fear..! and this is what”they using ! and sadly to many of as “fall into this Trap ”
    so that this world is already over-flood with Depressions!

    Have ALL a great year in 2012 !

  • Arthur Baldwin

    Dear Zach,

    I’ve been a self taught computer programmer since 1983. And I agree with the all of the demands you listed in your article. Further, I would like to see software patents outlawed entirely, because they “label” programmers as criminals…for the crime of thinking. The next logical step for software patent supporters would be to set up a police force to monitor thought crimes. This goes against all of the principles on which America was founded.


    Arthur Baldwin

  • jordan

    I support them and hope they will find a way along with other hackers,etc to AIR ALL THE DIRTY LAUNDRY on Big Content and their stooge Politicians.

  • Pieter

    You all are hypocrites. It is people like you who has virtually wiped out small programmers who tried to sell their software and other stuff over the internet. Yes, we are one of those small businesses whose products you are “sharing” and in whose name you are pretending to speak.

    Well, you are “sharing” the small businesses into bankruptcy.

    So, therefore I support SOPA. If you steal, you must pay the price.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman


      • Mako Nazarbayev

        Definetly trolling

  • Don Thompson

    The rich and powerful – Barons, Princes, and now capitalists, have long convinced kings and governments to spend public money to protect their private interests. It used to be the British East India Company demanding taxation on teas imported by upstarts in New England. With these two bills it’s the entertainment industry – not the entertainers – demanding you and I pay to have ourselves arrested, fined and or imprisoned for their imagined losses.

    These billos are but another sign of the impending tyranny.

  • bobby santorum

    The end of freedom is fastly approaching lest we THE PEOPLE stand up for ourselves and no longer feed happily from the hand of the man and bow to his every whim. The time has come for all free people to stand together against the once proud respectable country we ALL love. I HATE NOT MY COUNTRY, ONLY THE CORRUPT MEN IN CHARGE OF IT. THE TREE OF LIBERTY IS THIRSTY AND SOON IT’S THIRST SHALL BE QUENCHED.


    A free country requires free people, if we allow them to tred upon our backs and treat us however they choose then soon there will be no free people and America will no longer be a free country. CHAINED BY THE LIES I CHOOSE TO HEAR, FOREVER NOW I LIE IN FEAR, HOPING AND WAITING FOR THE LIGHT, BUT FOREVER DOOMED I AM MY OWN BLIGHT. to do nothing is worse than being the enemy

  • Kris

    I agree with their statement about the MPAA and RIAA. I agree that artists are oftentimes left poorer and I agree that the old timers don’t want to come into the new ways of distribution.

    I do not agree however with “demands” and the levying of threats if those demands aren’t met. That’s exactly what terrorism is and I don’t support that at all.

    I agree but really, there’s no way I can support Anonymous in this or any other battle until they stop being cowardly terrorists and own their beliefs like men.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      can you say indefinite detention without trial or charge?

    • Instantaneous

      So you want Anonymous to cease to exist. You realize what Anonymous means…

      Better question, what’s better? Fighting a fight where you charge in bullheaded, or fighting one where you PLAN FIRST, and THEN ACT? People like you need to think more and charge in less.

    • http://speakingcode.com rootlicker

      unfortunately, in our modern world, the word terrorist is thrown around like mardi gras beads. with legislation like the patriot act, this puts a lot of good-intended citizens in an awkward and uncomfortable place (gauntanimo bay, for instance).
      please recognize that Anonymous has not caused any physical harm to anyone, whereas their targets typically have played a role in causing physical harm to others, either by imprisonment, warfare, or economic displacement.
      owning up to your beliefs like men, I agree with and I like that statement. Quite profound… but as mentioned, we DO live in a time when censorship and suppression is real and happening. some must use strategy and anonymity in the digital war.
      if making demands and following through with action if they are not met is terrorism, then our country was founded by a group of terrorists, as if I’m not mistaken, The Declaration of Independence which made demands of rights and freedoms for American colonists to the British Crown, was followed through with violent scrimmages, ambushes, attacks and ultimately the Revolutionary War, when said demands were not met.
      Terrorism is an interesting concept, but I would stand to say that anything that falls short of physically harming another is not terrorism. All war, unfortunately, has casualties – terrorism usually refers, in my perception, to those who intentionally attack the innocent bystanders with violence.

  • http://case42.com David McClave

    As a published author, musician and filmmaker, I agree with copyright laws, but they’re not intended to make the ultra rich richer and to keep creatives in bondage; copyright laws are intended to protect the rights of those creative individuals. When entertainment and media corporations abuse these laws to ensure their outdated business models can stay in place, we’re all at risk of becoming exactly the type of country we’ve sent so many soldiers into to fight, (not that that was ever a good idea).

    The bottom line is that entertainment and media business models MUST change with the change in technology, and arresting 12 year-olds and grandmas, shutting down websites and censoring home-made videos is NOT the way to do it. ANY support of SOPA and PIPA is, at this point, only a desperate attempt to keep an old, outdated system of control and power in place.

    • NyaemalHrruna

      Thank you! Well stated!

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  • http://treeofknowledge.com Bob Mutascio

    It’s all about control. Big business wants to own everything, and doesn’t care about trampling on people’s rights to get it, suing people into bankruptcy for minor infringements, and controlling what people can see and do.

    I support Anonymous in their fight for People’s Rights vs corporate greed. It looks like they’ve watched the movie “Sneakers” and stopped the silly pranks to become a force for equal justice (no longer available under the law) for individuals, not corporations.

  • Steve Kinney

    The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all.

    Well maybe not. Nobody waving the ‘anonymous’ banner had anything to do with the educating the public on the new Internet censorship laws, or with organizing the blackout day. EFF seems to have taken the point on this one.

    Lest we forget, anonymous is not a group. Anonymous is a mask any person or group of people can pick up and use at any time and for any purpose. The tone and content of the post cited above sounds like this “anon” could be an IP attorney: One with a nasty streak of honesty who knows he will lose his day job, and probably his career, if he tells the truth as he sees it openly in public.

    Do you agree with Anonymous’ claim of a digital age of free copies?

    I would call it a self evident historical fact, if by “free” you mean a few cents per megabyte. Trying to use State police powers to preserve technologically obsolete industries and markets will not end well.

    A big one that most would not agree with is their demand that ISPs stop interfering with file sharing via BitTorrent or any other protocol.

    Everyone I know agrees that ISPs have no business filtering users’ traffic. When I need to download a Linux ISO file, I use Bit Torrent because it is the right tool for that job. Any ISP who blocks a common and useful protocol like Bit Torrent will soon be an ISP I no longer do business with.

    For me, this is an inflexible demand – maliciously interfere with my workday traffic and I will 1) find and publicize a work-around, 2) take my business elsewhere, and 3) start or participate in a propaganda campaign designed to cost the offender as much reputation and money as possible.

  • http://beingherd.com Teri J. Dluznieski M.Ed.

    regarding period of term for ownership and copyright rights. I think if someone owns something privately and independently, like an independent author, or musician- rights should be in perpetuity, in some way. I wrote a book. or a song, it should continue to belong to me. Corporate rights- should not be in perpetuity, as corporations do not die. Corporations should not be people- because they do not die… but that is another argument;)

    • Steve Kinney

      I’m afraid there is no such thing as “intellectual property.” A copyright is a temporary abridgment of the public’s right to copy and re-use information, granting the creator a temporary monopoly. This temporary monopoly is granted “to encourage progress in the useful arts and sciences.”

      A huge amount of propaganda to the effect the “copying is stealing” has been pouring out of the media industries ever since the public got access to cheap tape recorders and started plugging them into their radios. But by its very nature, information can not be “owned” unless kept secret.

  • http://ripsychotherapy.com Mike A.

    I applaud Anonymous’ efforts. I’m not saying that I am in complete agreement with them line by line. But I don’t hear any other cogently argued line of opposition to SOPA and PIPA. At the very least, it is a good place to start open dialogue on these matters among the broader populace.

  • shelly liebowitz

    They are not activists they just want creative arts without paying for them. Artists have the right to have their works protected and be paid for what they create. The Digital Age does not mean the Free Age. Copyrights benefit the artist. The only thing i read here is that these people want illegal file sharing and piracy to be legal,they do’t want to pay for songs and they have no respect for artists or they would understand that the artistic works should be paid for, left intact and respected. Would they be ok with someone going into a museum and painting on the works of the masters. Sorry but I disagree completely with these people aside from wanting judges to be educated about the new technologies and the digital age.

    • kristen

      blah blah blah
      you have no idea what you’re talking about, honey.

  • Anon

    Anonymous is a joke meme. C’mon, everyone knows that right? It’s just an umbrella anyone can stand under and make proclamations. The suggestion that it has an official anything goes against it’s very nature methinks….

    There is no Anonymous
    We are all Anonymous

  • chase

    I’m on the fence about alot of this…

    they make some valid points and some pretty far out ones, but… I view them with some understanding.

    The web is virtual – I think we can all agree on this.

    perhaps now that we screwed it all up – which is where it is heading with all the censorship and this country wants this and Anoymous wants that.
    Everyone wants something of the web with little or no consideration for anyone else.

    Viruses run rampit though supposedly you can’d upload one to a server – they are protected.

    It going to come to a point where either the walls go up or we just say “Frack it”
    It’s virtual – a perceived reality not reality

    and just wipe the frackin drive and reload

  • http://www.slideshowmedia.net Xavier Martinez

    If I’m not wrong the “SOUP”, start to hurt, the web, megaupload is DOWN, repeat MEGAUPLOAD IS DOWN, may day, may day!!!! Who next????

  • the truth

    heres my point of veiw of what will happen:
    money will be lost, taxses will rise to the cost of this, the internet provides mass amounts of jobs, and the goverment allrdy screwed the reality jobs with the tazxses, and there way of increesing their welth, if they pass this there AGAIN screwinup the econemy, this in my veiw is the start of the ending, it wont end good.lots of popular websites will crash and go out, and then LOTS OF JOBS WILL BE LOST. FOR WHAT? A BAND OR A COMPANY THATS WEALTHY FOR MORE THINGS JUST A THEW SONGS? AND YOU Know how they got this”smart”idea msn. with your dumb post about the pirated movies. way too go msn ur post or “news” is going to destroy your own wealth,. again so the companys are wealty for other things then just a tehw million movies, it wont effect them why is is this so important to the goverment, are they asking for some one to hack them? they are going to cost us all millions take away our free dome tax us more destroy the econemy ruin jobs ruin companys and im so sick of them saying pirating is huge. its not. the rich will still have their money. isnt there MORE BLOODY IMPORTANT THINGS THEN SOME ONE DOWNLOADING A SONG OR A MOVIE FOR FREE? MABY TRY FOCUSING ON THE IRAQ’S NUCLEAR BOMBS?, MABY FOCUS ON THE DUMB IDEA OF RUSHING INTO THIS MAJOR CHANGE THAT WILL RUIN THE US AND ITS RIGHTS FOR EVER.

  • http://www.spyimplants.webs.com don muntean

    Overreaching censorship is bad for democracy as is overreaching activism…the public are like some ants trapped in the center of a log which is burning – at both ends.

  • Gavin

    If artists strike deals with companies to represent and market them, then they have to abide by their contract deals. However, if they don’t want to fall under the “mantle of oppression”, then it behooves them to record and or sell their art themselves, and not be paid upfront and not be represented. You can’t have it both ways.

  • http://www.xybears.com Brian

    I guess I am a little confused by Anonymous’ goals and purpose. On one hand, they seem to be championing the rights of independent content creators basically being ROBBED by Hollywood and Big Music Labels. I can agree with that.

    What I’m perplexed by is their demand for the dismantling of the Patent office, and by extension, presumably, the U.S. Copyright Office.

    So if I understand this correctly, according to Anonymous, they want us to go back to this concept of a tiny government that’s too small to serve its population of 300 million? If you remove the ability of the Patent Office and the Copyright Office to enforce copyright and patent law, what’s the purpose of having patents and copyrights in the first place? What incentive is there for me to create or invent something new, if Anonymous also wants to protect the right of a patent thief or copyright infringer to RIP ME OFF?

    I’m all for seeing content creators start getting adequately compensated for their work (and the content creator should REMAIN the OWNER of their created works), but for crying out loud, you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

    Maybe Anonymous needs to have a little confab, powwow, or some kind of get together and decide who’s side their on. Because this idea of completely dismantling government agencies instead of reworking them, leaves content creators with ZERO protection to innovate.

    Copyrights reduced to two to five years? OMG. Do these people understand how long it takes to create and market some of this stuff? I’ve been working on my story for THREE YEARS and have only just now been able to offer half of it for sale.

    A two to five year copyright would likely RUIN or at least permanently discourage content creators from creating new content.

    Has Anonymous ever actually CREATED anything? Do they have any idea how much work it is to create good content?

    Anonymous is looking more and more like a pro-piracy gang than anything that truly represents ME as a content creator.

  • http://www.jacek.ta.pl Mielno

    Never before, and nobody did to silence those who wish to say something. For this among other things, is democracy. This time, also in August it will not work. I am with you and good luck – we will not give in August and other politicians who want to restrict our freedom. in Poland is with you.

    • http://www.jacek.ta.pl Mielno

      Never before, and nobody did to silence those who wish to say something. For this among other things, is democracy. This time, also in August it will not work. I am with you and good luck – we will not give in August and other politicians who want to restrict our freedom. Mielno in Poland is with you!

  • http://www.thespiritofprophecy.ca/ Daniel Knezacek

    There has to be provision for fair use of any copyrighted material, even if it is detrimental to the copyright holder. For instance, if I object to the lyrics of a song, I should be allowed to post them and explain my objection without having to worry about a lawsuit, or having my blog shut down.

    At the same time there should be protection for artists. Making a portion of a movie available with comments, is not the same as making the whole movie available for entertainment.

  • http://www.ebizroi.com/ Rick Noel

    The SOPA Anon demands will be hotly debated by many in the entertainment and online industries. Piracy is complex issue, both legally and technically, but finding a solution requires education for the solution architects (i.e. congress) then public education. Steeling content sucks for the one who gets ripped off, no doubt. The key is to understand the issues, the technologies, implementation and downstream impacts to legislation before pushing it through congress like a thief in the night. It is concerning how little coverage traditional media has given SOPA/PIPA, but understanding the traditional media stake is important as is full transparency, especially on an issue that touches tens of hundreds of millions US Internet users, who will likely not “take to kindly” to having their free, uncensored access to online information shut off in the name of protecting special interests. Not this way.

  • Greg

    Regardless of their demands the point is that control of .com etc should be removed from the US completely – all trust is broken – no one can ever trust them again.
    A system should be set up so that no one country can do this ever again.

  • aikanae

    Anonymous has the issues nailed.

    The organization is good at raising awareness to issues that slipped by my attention. I hesitate with some of their actions – yet, in a world that’s reluctant (or outright resists) hearing what the majority has to say … their actions seem to fit.

    How long has this debate over piracy been going on? And content providers still can’t figure out how to work with digital files. So now they want to legislate their content into existence. That’s not capitalism. I can’t easily see media corporations using this to end competition.

    Whatever happened to our right of civil disobedence? That’s how I view file sharing when people have the money for $300-$600 mp3 players and phones. It’s not the money, it’s the content that SUKS!

  • coyotech

    I think anonymous is doing a good thing here. I’m not behind the occupy movement and some things I’ve heard of that they do (hadn’t heard about the child porn ring), but I definitely call this a good thing. It makes me wish I knew how to hack.

  • Rick Berger

    The recording companies and broadcast industries seem to have forgotten that it was technology that their businesses were built on.

    Technology being the fluent thing that it is, they would be better served adapting to changes than trying to freeze them in Luddite desperation.

    As was observed in the auto industry – “When the EPA handed down emission restrictions, the US automotive industry hired lawyers. The Japanese auto industry hired engineers.”

    Given the outcome for the US auto industry, the recording and broadcast industries might take heed.

  • legion@gmail.com

    ‘“official” Anonymous twitter

    AnonOps is not Anonymous – AnonOps is an irc network.
    Perhaps we should begin with the facts straight.

  • Pablo

    I am mind to think that a computer hacker is an intelligent person, perhaps very intelligent. With this come great responsibility and humility to understand you don’t know everything.

    Let me say that I am an artist and I make my money by creating art and I must rely on the concept of copyright to protect my ability to house and feed myself. The execution of copyright might be out dated but without it why would I do what I do. Why would anyone? No one opens a shoe store with an understanding huge amounts of inventory will walk out the door. Its not sustainable by anyone.

    If I build a house or something material does it automatically loose its value for me to sell it in two years? Why should my artistic work do so? Because it is a benefit to you? I don’t do this for you I do it to make money?

    The message is contradictory at best. On one hand it says we don’t want artist to starve on another we want to maintain our ability to access their product for free.

    It would seem in their mind we should become an open society of thieves actively working to take from one another while never creating anything worth having.

  • http://politicalincite.com menace

    I think Anonymous is onto something here. While I might not agree with everything they say, I do agree that SOPA and PIPA are nothing more than an attempt to allow big business to use government agencies to strong arm anyone who would dare to cost them even pennies. They days of prosecuting 12 yr olds should be long gone. MR President listen up… “For the People!!!”

  • Jay

    They are just as bad as the politicans in DC

  • Dan Carroll

    Anon is nuts. There demands are complete none sense.

  • http://ultimatemarketingstrategies.net Peter Sundstrom

    “While the public may have greater access to the few artists deemed sufficiently marketable to gain mass media promotion, fewer and fewer of us are making art and music in our own lives.”

    I would argue that more and more people are creating art and music and sharing it with the world as the Internet is a fantastic medium for small artists to be heard.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com CaptainCyberzone

    The Hartford Courant (Connecticut’s largest and main newspaper) ran an online, front page article [yesterday] about the Techies push-back blackout against SOPA.
    The article was up for about an hour when someone posted the comment that Connecticut’s Rep. John Larson, a member of the House Democratic leadership, is a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
    In no time, the Hartford Courant deleted the article and all the comments … talk about censorship!
    This is exactly what SOPA would do to all information … Government controlled “acceptable” information.

  • chris


  • Amber Albert

    Thank God for Anonymous!

  • http://labarman.com Dan Laget

    Piracy is property theft crime committed against individuals or business entities.

    Censorship is a crime committed against humanity.

    Censorship is also a theft crime. It robs a citizen of the opportunity to
    think or
    decide for themselves what is right or wrong.

    Censors do not protect the masses – they protect themselves.

    Censorship has never and will never be an effective
    tool in promoting justice, fairness, or equality.

    I own intellectual property. I am entitled to any profit the property can

    I want my profits protected.

    But I shall NEVER trade profit for freedom.

    Your’s or mine.

    SOPA and PIPA will only protect those who
    can afford to defend themselves against it.

  • The Plumber

    I agree %100 with their demands too. Especially the patent and copyright ones. Love Anonymous. And this comes from a church going man. :-)

    • http://www.last.fm/user/mcg1985/journal Nathan P

      Same here man! Anonymous FTW! 😀

  • http://www.nechtymichelle.sk gelové nechty

    I totally agree with all their demands and I fully support them…

  • http://www.ellefagan.com Elle Smith Fagan

    After a year or so, films should be available NOTillegally – there is plenty to go around for everyone.

    Freedom of Speech, communication and sharing of data is more important than people know. We need the data. It needs to be free or almost free.

    As for regulatory groups – I am horrified at the way they do NOT protect at all – they guidelines should come from basic good legal and medical authority and truly protect the public from elements it CANNOT access or control.

    For some reason , not some but MOST contemporary releases contain elements NO ONE should see regardless of age – the validity in telling a story in film or music is truly in question when the way it AIMS at the viewer/listener is obviously MEANT to do HARM.

    This is the area where authorities can help save the world , if they will!

    But I am with Wikipedia, et al, entirely – barging in with the wrong kind of authority , supervision and control is NOT helpful, NOT good and not even essentially legal in the eyes of God and Man.

    Thank you for this forum


    • http://www.ellefagan.com Elle Smith Fagan

      OOPS! clicked “post” too soon. Piracy is wrong and always will be wrong, by definition – Better tech to detect and apprehend…stiffer penalties, etc….might help and should be done and a good show of pirates for all to see, when they are caught..might be a bit olden days but works to deter.

      But most of all: to make the data available freely , as much as possible after that “year or so” will help end piracy because the public won’t need to pay a pirate for things they can enjoy for free. And the group mind free to learn and grow in a healthy way.

  • Jose Luis

    “They demand that copyright and patent terms be reduced to reasonable lengths (two and five years from the time of creation, respectively)”?????? I not agree with this one. Do you know how many time takes to write a book? 1 year of work to get 2 or 5 years of copyright. Ja.
    The rest of the demands are fine (except that one about file sharing).

    • The Plumber

      I could be wrong but I think they meant more like software patents. There is a lot trolling/bullying out there by big companies.

  • John Tolhurst

    They are on the right track.

  • peggy turner

    I totally agree! with pretty much everything said (that’s rare for me) but they have some very valid points that should have been addressed long ago. In fact I’ve been waiting years, well since childhood, to hear someone come out in the open and say this.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/mcg1985/journal Nathan P

    I agree with their demands – they all seem reasonable to me. We Canadians stop a version of the DMCA from being implemented here, and we’ll be damned if SOPA, PIPA, or any other stupid US **** crosses the border!

  • http://speakingcode.com rootlicker

    Anonymous makes good points here. While many may see them as “radical”, most of Western history’s (and beyond) forward-thinking minds, who shaped the modern ideas of freedom we now celebrate, were considered radical and outrageous in their time. Martin Luther, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Thomas Payne, Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci…
    Protecting rights-holders is important, but there is a lack of much needed balance in our modern society’s implementations of such protection.
    As Anonymous points out, most of the media giants who not surprisingly supporting legislation like SOPA and PIPA and so forth, rake in the profits of a multi-billion dollar industry. While some lucky artists and marketable personalities benefit from the profits, most artists, particularly the independent ones, do not. This was a huge issue back in the Napster days, where many artists found that the Internet and distributed file sharing (like P2P) enabled them to reach new audiences never before possible – not only because “the word” spread faster, but also because it did not require them to have access to expensive publishing equipment and physical distribution channels, or large amounts of bandwidth and powerful servers, to massively deliver their content to anyone in world.
    Another point Anonymous makes is that charges for infringement are quite frankly ridiculous. If I download 10 cd’s worth of music illegally, perhaps I did something unethical, and perhaps it deserves punishment. But should that punishment, at the very most, exceed the initial cost of the 10 cd’s I downloaded without purchase? Absolutely not. I didn’t truly cost the artist anything, nor did the person I downloaded it from, because in all honesty, the purchase never would have happened, even if the content was not illegally made freely available. The current laws do not consider that without having a means to acquire it for free, most people would just go without. Cases of college students and young kids being sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars or imprisoned or expelled for downloading or sharing bits over the wire is absurd. If one deletes the material obtained, he should not be held financially liable. If one wants to keep the material, he should not have to pay more than it’s face value. By today’s laws, one is given neither choice. Now, you might say that doesn’t seem reasonable, because someone could download the material, transfer it to another storage, and then delete it from the computer or device on which the material was found by authorities, making the claim that it was removed while still keeping it secretly elsewhere – in my opinion, this just points out how obsolete the current ownership model is. Perhaps people distributing material should be charging media companies for the marketing and promotional service being provided!!
    This leads right into another good point made by Anonymous, that our notion of ownership is fundamentally erroneous and incompatible with the digital age. When European settlers first arrived in America, the natives willingly (and perhaps a bit deviously) traded large portions of land for cheap commodities like clothing, jewelry, guns, and liquor. The notion of owning land was preposterous in their eyes. Fast forward to today, where man claims ownership of land, water sources, animals, air space, air waves, frequency bands, mathematical formula, technical processes, coded functions, phrases, images, names, ideas… it’s hard to make anything without somehow infringing copyright or patent ownership in some way. The space of ownership has become too crowded. Just look at .com domain names. Our civil legal system is bogged down and tied up with thousands upon thousands of endless patent violation and copyright infringement cases. Competition has ceased to imply striving for better quality and innovation and being better at marketing and selling and building brand loyalty, and instead means courtroom battles and patent warfare – look at the mobile phone industry.
    When you start to investigate these issues and form a high-level picture, it becomes clear that in any given market, the majority of patents or copyrights related to that market, and the lawsuits and enforcement around them, fall into the hands of a few massive, very profitable companies, such as media ownership and the “big 5” media giants, Disney, AOL-TimeWarner, Viacomm, Bertelsmann, and News Corp. So who is really being protected?
    Without going too far off on a tangent, it’s worth mentioning that the reach, influence, power and practices of said companies is nothing short of scary. Their desire to control and dictate what information (including artistic media) is spread and how it is spread, and who profits from it is, without question, out of line.
    Being myself an artist, my own opinion is that the worth of any artistic expression is beyond and outside the scope of dollar value. Saying my music or my writing or my image or my creative anything is worth X amount of money is an insult – it’s worth something that all the money in the world does not amount to. Digital formats can be shared without a physical medium that has costs. The cost comes in bandwidth and electrical usage, which is incurred by the ISP and electrical companies, and paid for by the subscriber.
    That’s not to say artists don’t deserve compensation for their hard work and their ability to bring value to peoples lives through their art – but there are other ways to do so, and many successful independent artists make a living off those alternative means. Merchandising, tickets for events, donations and pay-what-you-can downloads, etc. The days of needing a nation-wide publisher and distributor network and chains of retailers are over… business of all kinds have to embrace the change and find new models to do business effectively and fairly, without demanding ownership of everything short of the sun.

  • donny price

    I agree , the government is getting scarier every day with their power, these bills pass it’s another step away from free speech in this country

  • guest

    I don’t agree with their methods but I agree with their identification of the issues. The real people being ripped off are the artists and creative persons by the agency’s they are forced to do business with, ask James Garner of Maverick fame and many many other’s from actors to musicians. These agency’s either directly cheat them out of revenues due them or use “lawyers and the gov” to do it for them. They are old school and need to go, we need a new system that protects the artist but where they can operate independently of harassment from these wealthy monopolist unamerican corporations who seek to cram down our throats what they want to sell us … look at the music now vs the 50’s before they got a strangle hold on it – the 50’s were one of the most creative, eclectic decades in the history of man but by the 80’s we were being force fed what these suits wanted to sell us for the price they wanted to name …. that is evident in the current struggle as they do not want to listen to the market that is demanding “let us buy the songs we want and not be forced to by your d^^^ cd or dvd” they fight this and hold on to the old system of control the market.

  • Ray

    I definitely agree with Anonymous, the list of demands, and the view point they hold. I personally find it laughable that I turn on the TV to catch up on the news and see speaker after speaker admitting they “don’t know how all of this works, but..” and “lets bring in the ‘nerds’ to explain this”. holy $hit, really? and you’re the people charged with creating the laws that control these issues?

    • http://speakingcode.com rootlicker

      Haha yup, unfortunately the laws and rules are set by the people least qualified to make them. People with expertise go into their own fields, and often make an effort to dissociate from politics all together. Perhaps our model of representative democracy, focused around typically otherwise useless bureaucrats having exclusive meetings and fundraising dinners while lobbyists representing private interests hang around making donations to campaign finance, is simply no good. Perhaps all of these issues hint at a broader issue beyond media copyrights and software patents. Perhaps the business model of multimedia giants is not the only thing obsolete and due for change…
      Is it possible to run a fair democratic government in which subject matter experts have the stronger voice of influence and politicians do not? Would America ever embrace, or even accept, a true governmental reform? I think it’s very possible, but people have to desensitize themselves to fear-inspiring, hype-pushing nonsense buzz word jargon that is forced down through the mass media channels; we all have to be open minded and willing to accept the challenge of re-visioning our system. It’s ridiculous that non-violent activists are arrested as trespassers and public menaces, or detained indefinitely without due process, labeled as “terrorists”, when they gather to make peaceful demonstrations or use tactics to expose the issues and flaws. We have to stop judging or criticizing activists in terms of the legality of their action, and instead look at the moral and ethical viewpoint independently from the notions of law, because the laws are the very thing being drawn into question. I’m not advocating doing anything unethical or harmful, but remember that during the civil rights movement, unjust laws were broken in an effort to point out the fundamental injustice of said laws – from sitting in the front of the bus, to sitting in public restaurants, libraries, and schools, from using public water fountains, to lining up at voting booths. All of those acts were illegal; most prolific civil rights leaders were arrested numerous times for breaking those kinds of laws, but there is no moral or ethical fault in those actions.
      Our founding fathers themselves outspokenly believed that a good government is one which is routinely reformed and modified to meet the changes of society, and even expected revolutions to occur periodically. This doesn’t mean violence or chaos, it simply means civil demand for change – so much demand that it amounts to something.
      The past couple of generations in the United States are, in comparison to those before, politically quite complacent, but it does seem that momentum is starting to grow among the the uniting populace. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see the dynamic between the public, the feds and the government, and the particular corporations that exhibit strong influence in the political, legal, economic and social spectrum.

  • dickie

    completely agree with all their terms. the world is changing and the more the fed gets in the way the bloodier its going to eventually get.

  • Jeff

    Anonymous is at the front of the new age of humanity. We want to look at circumstances and political bodies and our minds want to put them in a box and label them. It may be possible that the Internet will enable humanity to evolve beyond the confinements that we all live under (governments). 100 years from now our children might look back to a revolutionary period which empowered mans development, or they may look back as we look to the past in America on slavery (if government can effectively control what we see, learn and hear ie the past 100 years). Power might just be transferring to the people from the hands of governments and capitalist entities worldwide. How refreshing to know humanity has a tool to unite and how ironic is it that governments created it. Like all companies who failed to adapt to technology in the past….. the record, movie and other big influence companies must adapt or die, just as the predecessors did before them. It’s a cycle. The human spirit is much too strong for capitalism and it’s laws designed to protect the wealthy who have influence in the political system. Do your part.

  • Paul

    Anonymous seems to be the last bastion of protection of our rights. They may not be completely right on all demands but as people who want to be free, want our freedom back, we should support and aid their cause in every way we can.

    If we do not, then the consequences will be irriversably and amout to a 1984 socienty. Government is just looking to protect their kickbacks, their funding and lesser everyday concerned with basic rights of everyone.

    It is time to make a stand. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The government is not to be trusted to have OUR best interests in mind when making laws. Dont bite the hand that feeds you seems to be their motto.

  • http://www.sound-offpromotions.com KEVIN

    The real problem is a bunch of LAZY HOLLYWOOD PRICKS who don’t have the guts and backbones to do the hard work. If these assholes had any brains they would use this to their advantage!!! IT’S FREE PROMOTIONS FOR THEM. DUPLICATION is not anything new. It’s easier to dub/burn a CD than it was 20 years ago to dub a tape cassette but it still could be done. This is all about a bunch of PUSSIES who don’t want to have to market the crap they create. Let’s face it a lot of what is out their is crap. I unfortunately bought a CD. There was only 1 real hard rock song the rest was SHIT!!! What Jack Ass even thought 1 good song out of 12 was good enough. PISS POOR!!!

    Only a brainless fool would give lazy worthless government employees more power. It’s bad enough we have a President who is too fuckin’ stupid to understand that “Rome” is burning and nothing is being done about it. They can shove SOPA, PIPA where the sun don’t shine.

    I really think it’s crazy people are stealing these shitty movies. I can’t remember the last movie I watched that made me saw “WOW” after I saw it. Hell it’s been over a decade since the last time I even considered wasting money at a movie theater.

    Hollywood stop crying and being a bunch of pussies and actually work to create something someone might want to waste money on in a shitty economy that your butt boy Obama has made worse!

    • http://www.allabenfineart.com/ Stanton D. Allaben

      Go see War Horse…I think you would enjoy it. :)

  • Miss JAY

    Sounds like an insecure DJ to me… People who create music don’t want shorter ropes on their copyrights this is already a problem. Why would you allow someone to take their song in their lifetime without paying? That’s absolutely ridiculous. I think who ever this is should completely eat sh*t and do something more constructive with their narcissist selves. Get over yourself dude.

  • Miss JAY

    BTW Im a musician and I think the idea behind protecting the distribution of art through the internet is a great idea. They just need to modify the idea it’s what’s right anyway. I think Anon listened to too much lady gaga

  • TryOG

    Big revolutiona in politics/change of leadership of a country tend to start with “terrorism”. It’s a bad word, but doesn’t necessarily have to be wrong. Look at Libya, Cuba’s history or the French revolution. If it weren’t for “terrorism”, black people wouod still need to go to seperate toilets, people would still have had their heads cut when kings:queens felt like it, etc. Don’t be too influenced by the media. It’s for dumb people to accept it like it is. People blindly reject anything that’s terrorism, because one of the things that propaganda is a control mechanism for stability of the wallets of politicians. :)

  • Gert

    As anonymous says: there may be bad users, but there is no bad code. There may be bad drivers, but no bad cars because one may speed. It’s not the gun thats should be attacked, but the shooter. This last parallel must especially attract the americans.
    Did you ever got a license with a latest CD of a singer ? Did you get a better price at Apple Itunes because you already own a licensed work on Vinyl ? It’s not about copyright and licensing the use of music, film or tetxts, but about making money only.

  • Finnius

    Why is everyone trying to be the monkey-wrench…trying to slow down the evil machine from going over the edge? Embrace the eventuality, or better yet, make it happen quicker! Vote YES for SOPA. Vote for the WORST officials, vote for MORE pollution, more injustice, more inequality. The sooner this whole system comes crashing down is the sooner that we can start anew.

  • http://beudjull.e-monsite.com beudjull

    Vous avez tout mon soutient.

  • http://universedesign.com Neil Fabbo

    One thing that has been clearly proven here is that the internet can be a powerful tool of “Free Press” to call the average person to join the larger collective to affect change in our government. May I suggest that we all, the American Citizens, take keen note to, once and for all, making our overgrown, out of control government accountable to all their outlandish actions. From this point forward:

    No longer will we stand for a government that hides behind special interests.

    No longer will we stand for a government that uses our tax dollars to fund laws, provisions to law and actions that clearly are bad for the American Society.

    No longer will we sit idly by and watch our government unravel the very fabric of which our great nation was founded.

    Want to solve the healthcare crises & social security, dissolve the private health care and bloated retirement benefits of government and force them to participate in the same plans and programs of the American people.

    Our forefathers drew up the Constitution and sacrificed so much to win us all the freedoms that are systematically being dismantled by a government that is clearly broken.

    I applaud the light that this unprecedented show of solidarity by the American People has cast upon our elected officials that they can be held accountable. We have a Free Internet to thank.

    Protests against SOPA & PIPA has demonstrated that when we speak as one voice we CAN make a difference. Again, we have a free internet to thank.

    I applaud Anonymous for recognizing this now clear fact and, agreeable or not, using the free and open forum that is the web to voice opinions and gather support for any cause that represents a Free Idea.

    Lets not stop at these current issues but use our collective voice on the internet to affect more real change and wrestle control of our fine nation away from the few and put our nation back on a TRUE course to greatness.

    Our elected government has once again shown how they are so willing to bend to special interests and those who hold great wealth over what is good for us all.

    With great respect and admiration for you all, I am both moved and excited about the prospects for the future of our nation when we actually participate in the process instead of standing on the sidelines and watching.

    The New Anonymous is the voice of the people on a free and uncensored internet.

    I thank and applaud you all.

  • dirveb

    I totally AGREE.

  • http://www.allabenfineart.com/ Stanton D. Allaben

    I agree, in principal, with what Anonymous is saying.
    I certainly agree that those in position to pass regulating legislation should have a thorough understanding of how the world wide web functions.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/ArtStuffandCrap Arturo the1

    Pirating is such a lame word. Pirating implys theft but its not even close to that. Its COPYING, not stealing. One of my favorite examples: “Imagine that someone took your car last night, but it was still there when you got up in the morning.” Digital copies make a infinitly renewable resource that can be reproduced over and over. Imagine if that was oil? Thats what Congress and other Government Officials don’t get. Anonymous brings attention to the voiceless citizens. They are good guys and I hope that they stay that way because they are the some of the only ones that can really fight a Cyber War at this point.

  • Fred

    Had a video of one of our installations on youtube. It had been there since 2009 and it was filmed with an average video camera at a private bar. The next door neighbors were having a get-together and Pink Floyd was playing on their outside patio speakers so this showed up in the background of the video. Never really gave it any thought. After Google purchased youtube, so I’m told, the video was blocked, no notice, no method of correction, no nothing. Does anyone really think that Pink Floyd music in the video is taking anything away from Pink Floyd? Did they incurr any loss from this? BS.

    My attorney told me that I could not use the words “best buy” in my advertisements online because I sell TV and Surround Sound Installations and it could cause me problems with, well you know who. So from a copywrite standpoint, is this what we’re down to? An individual, company, or corporation can actually own words fro the english language? BS

    It’s all getting a little rediculous and greedy. Like my little one man company is any competition to best buy. The rate we’re going the government and the large corporations will be the only peeple allowed to beneifit from the internet. And this is without even discussing the subject of the amount of control and manipulation Google has gained over the use of the internet. Someday it won’t be referred to as the “internet”. It will be referred to as the “Google”. ….or perhaps the Google intranet….

    • Mike W.

      Hell I didnt want to think for myself anyway, Long live big government! *Cough*

      I think the world will be a better place if we stiffle our childrens creative thought process anyhow, after all we dont need multiple children coming up with the same ideas and possibly collectivly coming up with the perfect product or maybe even curing cancer god forbid….

      By all means confine our choices and charge us large sums of money, we dont know whats best and you should reap the benifits for making these decisions for us…. we all know you wont take advantage of us in the name of profit!

      Anon how dare you be an innovative thinking machine, do you want to end up like Darwin, Einstien or even Eratosthenes for having the nerve to believe the eath was round… Dont be part of the free willed well informed part of society as this will ruin life as we know it…. information is our enemy and will cause us to become self sufficient and allow us to make choices for ourselves enevitably allowing us to not rely on the government that we trust and depend upon so much.

      Please dear government forgive all these people as they know not what they do!

      ~your helpless and dependant Following

  • http://www.theakurians.com General Bobby Farrell

    SOPA was one more effort by the so-called ‘major’ music’n’licensers to swindle the majority of artists, producers, writers and publishers who aren’t in the ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN Pay Cliques either.

    YES! I’m ready for ANY open court anytime they are! And “open court” DOES NOT include that KAK bought-and-paid-for United States District Court, Southern District of New York that has been the puppet of ASCAP – and by rote, all other ‘licensers’ – for decades!

    General Bobby Farrell
    FireDragon MUPUBCO (ASCAP)
    Bobby Farrell International MUPUBCO (BMI)

  • Curt MacQuarrie

    The end of this article askes do you agree or are these the rambling words of idealists. Can it not be both? should we not strive for an ideal world? Im not foolish enough to believe that even if every one of these demands was met that they would happen in practice. But wouldnt it be good if they all happened on paper and we at least strived to make it happen in practice? The most important point is freedom of internet journalism such as blogs, limiting that freedom is blatent infringement of freedom of the press. All of these other demands are debatable legally but freedom of the press is quite clear.

  • GV

    >All research receiving any public funding must be placed in the public domain upon publication.

    >Their final demand is that courts give bloggers the same freedoms that journalists enjoy.

    those two sound reasonable enough.

    but i reaaaally am against declaring pattents void. someone worked really hard on some stuff. he didnt get any funding, nobody suported him, didn’t even gave him a drink, even called him crazy. and suddenly all his efforts anyone can use them without even saying thanks? is not fair either.

  • Shelby

    I usually agree with Anonymous, but some of their demands are far too radical. Especially the lowering of copyright and patent lengths. I can’t get behind that.

  • http://www.gorillasafariholidays.com Uganda Safaris

    wow, what a world we live in.

  • Austin Hoffman

    THEY DESERVE IT!! it’s all BS…MU arrest was unfair + I don’t think swizz he has any legal connections to MU…imo it was all fabbed up to get other celebrity endorsements.

    p.s. looks like someone is pissed – FBI vs ANONYMOUS video:

  • http://clamcoms.com Terry Howard

    i just want to say this they want to stop youtube,facebook and the likes from having links to music and movies becuse the artist are not getting payed copy right stuff right ? Well what about shows like American idol the contestants sing songs that are copy righted and that is ok ?

    • http://kyannsbooks.weebly.com KyAnn Zorain

      That is true, and a good point you are making. But unlike the original being broadcasted, which is what is the main matter, covers can be sung. By law, once any song from any musician is done then it goes to print and anyone can do it. But if that musician/band want to sell that song of them singing it then proper permission from the label and original musicians have to be asked, rights will be negotiated and transferred. But in the case of American Idol, they are the industry. They are the music labels who are searching for new talent. So the show has the permission to have their contestants sing those songs, contracts are singed and negotiated for the purpose of the show.

      And no, SOPA nor PIPA will have facebook or twitter shut down because of the linking to a song, show, movie or other, so I don’t know where that hysteria came from, it’s flat out not true. But this is a good question you brought up.

  • Armando


  • http://www.theakurians.com General Bobby Farrell


    Having been the victim of NOT being in the Pay Cliques of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN … of which the aforementioned and RIAA, MPAA and IFPI are but equally self-appointed ‘authorities’ of the same KAK (Infinitely Unqualified) purveyors of OUR money and earnings into their own hands and those of their respective Pay Cliques. To be sure, they have their respective ‘pittance’ Cliques to show thousands of payments … seldom more than a few hundred bucks at best and most well under a hundred … so the bought-and-paid-for ‘courts’ can absolve them of their outright thieveries.

    Here in New Mexico, both our Communist Senators first endorsed the SOPA and PIPA amendments and have since ‘opposed’ them once their own worthless asses were set ablaze with the Elections coming on!

    Anonymous, the coordinates are set, you may fire when ready …

    General Bobby Farrell,

  • http://kyannsbooks.weebly.com KyAnn Zorain

    I disagree with the protest. In my opinion, it’s like the right holders cannot have any laws guarding what is their words, work or in general, theirs. Why should such right holders have to take on a career and give away all of their work for free? The disclaimer is already on the product, it’s not a secrets that you should be broadcasting what you should. It was meant for private use, but now with how the economy is, everyone is trying to make a quick buck from somewhere but unfortunately, it’s the big and little guys who are taking the hit. I had a few bookstores close in my city because people are able to get illegal copies online, that’s including mine. I agree that with a strong marketing campaign that promotional copies can be given away free as a sample but not all or the whole work. How will we right holders of the product pay our bills and eat? This is the lively hood. If you want the goods naturally, you will always have to pay some sort of price. Believe me, for the few who are protesting, if they are in any type of marketing or creating of their own product they sure would want you to buy what they have. Yet they are expecting everyone else to give theirs to them for free?

    I have read the bills and in no way are they they hype and scare tactics most are putting out in to the net. By the way, SOPA and PIPA are what some website owners are already doing, but these bills just put it on a more broader scale so everyone with a website will have to take down copyright material who does not have the promotion to do so. It is not that hard to get a right holder’s promotion to use their work, you just have to ask them, why steal it? But I do also believe that these two bills are great ideas, the government is finally hearing the concerns of right holders and willing to do something about it, but I think the execution is bad. And if your favorite show, director, musician or author doesn’t get the money (commission) from selling their products then they will have to quite that job and find one somewhere else. This means no more of that entertainment because there are no funds to support them or their projects. People now are changing how they think of marketing and selling of products and business in general, so much so it’s hurting more than helping. I don’t take Anonymous seriously, so there for they are no threat to me. What is right and best for all should be the main aspect of this situation, and the best thing that should happen will. We’ll let nature decide. People will only care about what the government is doing when they have something brought to them that will stop what the public is already doing, then the red alerts will signal. I have been working with human rights activist for a while and we see the good intent behind these bills but they have bad execution.

  • Millie

    I more or less agree with their “demands” it all makes sense, and I hope people will take it seriously.

  • simon

    Did no one ever think this was not going to happen??

  • Anon Raider

    anon is like fight club, we aren’t a group we are anyone your postmen, your cops, your lawyers, and I for one like lulz. But that’s beside the point the “idealist” demands that you speak of aren’t idealist at all they are a collective of agreements and disagreements that have been shared by one another everyone one should be informed and rightly so should speak they’re mind.

    Our demands are not just rights but rights of the internet. This is a public medium that should remain neutral.

  • http://nowebsite james graham

    I think the Government shold round these people us and show them the door. Expatriate these ggons and criminals make them pay the enormous fins, spend time in jail and leafve the world alone. Vote tfor their representatives and make thier pitch whithout threats or terrorism or face the anti-terrorists and take one in the head for our most legal cause. F’ Annonymous in the Ass as hard as you can.

  • RosarioVampire

    I don’t agree with Anonymous’ methods because they often take things too far, yet at the same time SOPA and PIPA make me want to start breaking things because they are completely outrageous. As a member of both FanFiction.net and DeviantART I refuse to stand idle while these money-grubbing cowards trample on mine and my friends’ right to use existing content in new and different ways.

    Please, for the love of God, stop SOPA, but don’t sink to the same level as Anonymous, there is a way to spread the message without resorting to Net Terrorism.