Someone`s Organizing Black Out March 2012 [Pic]

Submitted by: littlemissqt 5 years ago

If this is legit, will you participate?
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Male 1
We cant do nothing with plonkers like khalfani

"O i cant live if i dont buy this game o. Im gonna die o nooo omg.i need a fix man"
bullet in the head
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Male 743
There is no way I`m participating in this. It`s completely idiotic. By holding off to buy things until April or buying them early in late February, the media will get the same amount of money as they would have before. Boycotts never work for a reason, and whoever thought this up obviously never thought to do their research. Not to mention, people should stop letting posts from 4Chan get around the rest of the web. Seriously.
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Male 462
Does netflix count?
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Male 2,700
"I don`t do this stuff anyways, illegal or legal."

Hey look another IGNORANT consumer. You do realize that by simply coming to this site, seeing this post, and responding in kind, you have done ALL the things in the list.

You have downloaded, you have uploaded, you have shared.

People seriously need to get off of the goddamn fair weather bullshhit and look around. Your ignorance is the true crime.
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Male 92
I dont know if I can miss out on the Hunger Games at the end of March...
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Female 220
I don`t do this stuff anyways, illegal or legal.
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Female 3,562
I don`t pay money for that stuff already. I`m too broke to see movies and buy DVDs all the time.
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Male 3,482
@ xCYBERDYNEx

Because I use magic swear words, that`s how.

Anywhore... I will continue to purchase good product. I will continue to shun bad product. I will continue to not pirate either, but rather find a legal method of testing if necessary (how many games have free demos available anymore? And with systems like Gamefly and Netflix in place, there`s absolutely no good way to rationalize piracy using the "try before I buy" excuse. If they don`t have what you want... Make some friends, loser).

Hey, guess what? That policy covers 3 bases at once! I get good games that I want, like Elder Scrolls, Assassin`s Creed, and Mass Effect, I avoid bad games like Dragon Age II and tell the industry that I have higher standards if they want me to buy, AND I avoid proving their point with piracy.

Who knew that such a simple plan could be so effective? Too bad most people are too stupid to follow it.
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Male 3,482
[quote]Ya, doing one of the few things capable of bringing big media to their senses is totally less important than Mass Effect 3.

Congratulations, you are the ideal consumer American sheep.[/quote]
You think this`ll bring them to their senses?

Are you seriously THAT retarded?

No, they`ll turn it right back against us and use it as proof of people`s support of piracy. If this forum ALONE is proof enough, people won`t stop pirating. Hell, it`ll probably get worse because morons will PIRATE ME3, since they couldn`t buy it.

And the ESA will take that to Congress and say "We lost a bunch of money, but people are pirating the game. See what happens when you don`t do anything to prevent this?"
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Male 3
I`m already effectively boycotting nearly the entire industry. I don`t care for movies much(most of them suck donkey balls anyway). I neither go to the theater(even if it`s a good one theres always some ass wipe ruining the movie ), nor do I buy or rent movies. I also have enough game content to last for quite a long while. Only time I buy more is on a steam mega sale. I don`t even watch tv all that much. I just dick around on the internet when i`m not out doing something else that`s fun.
So, I guess, yeah, technically i`ll be participating in the black out, but in reality it`s just business as usual for me.
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Male 210
How about I buy from small press publishers at locally owned bookstores, buy indie band`s music directly from them, and watch indie movies at the indie theater? How about I do that anyway and keep doing it?
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Male 495
Yeah this will show those struggling record stores and movie theaters just how little we care of them!
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Male 2,855
yes, lets duck the hard working people who just happen to sell those EVIL goods, when store owners fire their employees because they are not selling enough, that will teach those multibillion companies whos the real idiot
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Male 997
@Lillim yes boycotts and the such do work. But this is a problem of targets, want to complain about it and protest go ahead lobby your senator lobby your house of representative go for it i encourage you to.

When it`s a single company boycott boycotts often work because you switch your spending to another rival company. Now it`s suggested to boycott anything to do with entertainment and copyright it will damage and already struggling retail sector. That`s how boycott`s work depriving them of money. But to get at some record and moving producers you`re going to cause loads of low minimum wage store workers to face redundancy as companies fail doesn`t seem smart and it will have a knock on effect on everything else on the economy. Yet as stated earlier the record and movie companies are the ones who can afford to wait it out for a month. So yes do it you guys are sooooo smart
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Male 73
They haven`t lobbied to do anything to me. I understand the concern about SOPA. It`s a bad law. But I will continue to pay for the entertainment that I want to buy. I will continue to not buy the entertainment that I dislike. Buying what you want, when you want, does not make you a sheep. Putting off buying something because some internet campaign is telling you what to do is actually the more sheep-like behavior.

This is as dumb as those emails telling people to hold off on buying gas for 1 day. It doesn`t make any difference whatsover if you put it off. The only result is a glut of people buying it once they`re "allowed to" again. It has no effect on the profits of these companies other than giving them 1 bad quarter followed by 1 great quarter.

This has gone on long enough. I`m getting so sick of the anti-sopa crowd trying to control my media use that I`m actually thinking of donating to the campaigns of it`s supporters.
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Male 149
Concerning Mass Effect 3,

While I haven`t gone and researched any profit/time frame/technicalities, how about preordering Mass Effect 3 at a Gamestop, paying in full before March hits, then just picking it up when it comes out?
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Male 1,239
US Citizen for those who would split hairs about using the term American.
Sadly, they know you will go out and buy Mass Effect regardless of what they lobby to do to you. I wouldn`t be surprised if some folks would pay these companies to crap down their throats so long as they title it as Ass Effect 4 or Batman: Arkham Sh*tty.
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Male 1,239
Ya, doing one of the few things capable of bringing big media to their senses is totally less important than Mass Effect 3.

Congratulations, you are the ideal consumer American sheep.
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Male 5,811
[quote]Mass Effect 3 comes out March 6.... I don`t know if I can do this.[/quote]

Yeah, I`m not waiting a month for it either.
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Male 68
Mass Effect 3 comes out March 6.... I don`t know if I can do this.
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Male 4,902
*past the filter
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Male 4,902
@Altaru, how the hell did you get dratTARDS filter???
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Male 4,547
It is unreasonable to do this.

Personally, I`ll continue to support groups against SOPA (GOG.com and valve for example), whilst not others (I will not be buying ME3 because of EA`s membership in the ESA who support SOPA.)

Pay attention, and all will be fine (and yes, I know Steam and GOG are effectively distributors, you`d have to check the individual games).
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Male 3,482
[quote]Can someone please explain how you can hurt the media companies by not downloading their stuff illegally?[/quote]
Somehow, I knew Ollie would be the kind of dipsh­it that just wouldn`t get it.

So for all you retards out there that don`t quite understand why you shouldn`t pirate either:

By downloading their sh­it, you`re just proving to them that you can`t stand living without it.

If you can`t live without it, you`re proving that you`re under their control, whether you`re smart enough to realize it or not.

And along the way, you`re proving their point that piracy is what`s ruining their profits, which only makes the case for SOPA and PIPA even stronger.

GROW A BRAIN, YOU FU­CKTARDS.
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Male 302
Glad I`m not American so I don`t have to do this.
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Male 55
Just like the propsed BS fuel blackouts, this will never happen. Freaking hippies
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Female 269
@Pedo, boycotts and protests have happened before, and what do you know, they were effective and didn`t cripple the economy. Yesterday was pretty much a national reaction, and the majority of the people who support SOPA/ PIPA didn`t care. Since the entertainment industry seems to think money talk, we`ll take the dialogue to them.

Are you saying that since the economy`s slow, we should just roll over and let big companies do what they want to us? I feel for the people whose lives might be compromised for this, but I`m not one for rolling over and letting things happen.
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Male 815
yikes... but mass effect 3...
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Male 1,625
[quote]Holding out for just 4 weeks, maximum
MAXIMUM[/quote]

this guy literally doesn`t know when to use maximum or minimum
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Male 1,397
This....and everything else. As it says: hit the bastards in the wallet.
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Male 997
Yay lets help cripple your economy and then the world economy because you`re pissed at a sledgehammer attempt to try and stop piracy. It`s over the top yeas but to help damage the retail sector to this extent is plain stupid and short sighted. How many people rely on retail companies for their jobs and the employees etc. To those claiming but they have money they can survive, read the business pages for a change and see how many retail companies are going into administration as it is. This would just be the final nail in the coffin for many companies....
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Male 527
Better yet. Do not buy any media published by commercial compagnies, but spend tyour money on opensource projects.
For instance http://mango.blender.org/
A movie made with all opensource software.
Best thing is, order before 02-15-2012 and get your name in the credits.

Support initiatives like these to show the entertainment industry that there are alternative ways to release their product.
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Male 2,551
jhulzyne - Everyone I know who has pirated, and/or does pirate (myself included) hasn`t done it because of the price, but rather because of DRM or availability. If I know I`m going to buy a film but I can`t find it in store or it`s not out yet I may pirate it. Personally, I`ve only ever pirated a game when a demo hasn`t been released, and even then it was only for Deus Ex: HR, which I think was put on where I found it by the people who made it.
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Male 347
Hahahahahahaha I hope this is being sarcastic! This is hilarious!
They don`t even explain how lack of movie sales will encourage SOPA to look bad.
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Female 8
I think it`s an ok idea. After all, the large corps are the ones who kept nagging at the government to do something about their monetary loss. No one buys anything anyway because they don`t want to pay 60$ for a game, or 20$ for a movie. And, in theory, they aren`t losing any money, because those that download the content wouldn`t buy it to begin with. No loss.
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Male 50
I think this protest misses the target somewhat. It is not the corporations passing the legislation, they just lobby and push for it. The target in all issues such as this should be the ineffectual, brown nosing, trough guzzling "representatives" in whichever national government allow themselves to be controlled by corporations. We have seen it in the UK with politicians and the media, the tories and the banks etc.
These people are elected to represent all, not coporations at the expense of the common man. The message needs to be sent to politicians, they need to grow some balls. Pirating is a problem yes, but this is not a way to fix it. I suspect (although I do not know for sure) that a lot of it happens because either the music / film / game is too expensive for many to purchase, or is unobtainable any otherway (such as some music no longer on sale or live shows).
The cowards running our nations need a kick on this. That is what will frive change.
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Male 1,010
This is only about money in the long run. Don`t think this protest will do much.

VISA and Paypal get benefits from legislators and give kickbacks by coercing journalists who are not regime- friendly into silence.
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Female 123
@LightShaded-I didn`t think anyone cared if you pirated porn. Hell I figure porn will be the last to go. We can download all the depraved poo we want just don`t download The Little Mermaid.
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Male 423
Great in theory, but think of the porn man! The sweet porn! *tears*
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Female 50
@OldOllie - I think the idea is that then they can not blame downloads for their profit drop - we don`t want to give em more ammunition lol.
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Male 141
Please don`t; I have stock in disney
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Male 15,832
Can someone please explain how you can hurt the media companies by not downloading their stuff illegally?

I have a better idea. Why don`t all website operators who oppose SOPA and PIPA simply block access to their sites from .gov and .mil domains?
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Male 132
I`m already participating.
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Female 2,674
"Megaupload was a site for downloading ripped off material anyway"

Megaupload was a site for downloading stuff in general. There are plenty of people who used it for legitimate uploading/downloading.
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Female 4,349
i dont anyway, so this is easy for me.
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Male 67
I participate year round. I make way too little money to be a consumer.
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Male 302
I`ll probably participate accidentally.
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Male 319
Megaupload was a site for downloading ripped off material anyway, so a movement for "Not buying that stuff we were just doing to download illegally anyway" is silly. "Pirating in protest" merely goes to confirm that the entertainment industry`s concerns are entirely justified. There are artists out there who want to move distribution of creative content in a new direction. Buy their stuff.
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Male 1,745
I`m so tired of these bastards. They make billions year after year and moan about it because they couldn`t suck every last penny out of you. I`m never buying a CD or movie again.
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Male 3,482
Oh, and for all you absolute fu­cking morons that "will participate, but won`t stop pirating..."

You`re too stupid to understand the point of it in the first place.

Go back to your coloring books, you neanderthals. No one needs imbeciles like you dragging down a good cause.
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Male 319
"Hit them where it hurts! Don`t download stuff for free!" Anyone else see some problematic thinking behind this?
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Male 3,482
No can do on the video games. I`ve already got Mass Effect 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City pre-ordered.

Besides, it`s not going to hurt the distributors or the developers. They already got their money when the retailers bought the sh*t from them in the hopes it would be purchased.

On top of that... A FULL black-out would KILL a fair number of the GOOD companies out there. I, for one, am an anime fan. Very few anime companies, at this point, are operating wholly in the black as-is. Hell, more than a few have shut-down entirely in the last year or two. An entire month of no sales would kill them, and ruin the anime industry here in the states.

The emotion, and the intent, is right, but the execution is horribly and completely wrong. It`ll have far reaching effects, few to none of which will actually affect the people we WANT to hurt.
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Male 459
Problem is MEGAUPLOAD pretty much IS a hub for distribution of pirated stuff and they know it.
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Female 2,674
"For the love of god guys, don`t protest SOPA by pirating more. You are making your case even worse."

I disagree actually. I really don`t want to support corporations that are buying our government to literally ruin the internet. I don`t typically pirate American stuff, I just don`t buy or care about it at all. But I`m fine with anyone who would normally buy stuff but decides to pirate stuff in protest.
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Female 3,696
I`m more than happy to participate...but I`m Canadian ._______.
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Female 2,674
I do this all the time anyway. I only download/buy music that`s not from America. I haven`t gone to see a film in theatres for years (I usually wait `til it`s on dvd for a reduced price, but it`s rare for me to even do that). I rarely buy video games except around holidays. I haven`t bought a book in quite a while (except ones not from America, but even then it`s been over a year, oh and textbooks but they`re required). The only thing I do on a regular basis is buy magazines, but I have a subscription so I`m not going to try to stop the subscription for a month if it`s even possible. o,o
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Male 1,582
I`m in. From here on out, I`m participating until poo get`s fixed.
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Male 10,440
This will not work. People are too stupid not to pay for that stuff.
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Male 2,345
all for it...but i say we stop buying for longer than one month. i say we make this asshats pay for months on end.

it is time they learn their place, we do not need anything they make. they need us.
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Male 1,610
Gaming Community VS SOPA/PIPA

Another boycott, this one specifically aimed at the ESA which is supporting SOPA.
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Male 3,310
Sure. Blackmail is always fun for the entire family. Let`s not do X on one day. Then we will do 2X the next day.
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Male 493
For the love of god guys, don`t protest SOPA by pirating more. You are making your case even worse.
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Female 32
Better yet, go make a movie or film or song.
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Male 3,061
I practically do that anyways.
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Male 142
lets not buy gas for a month to protest high gas prices!

It`s the same game, but with different words...
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Male 3,894
...can we re-schedule this for February?
please?
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Male 600
http://www.facebook.com/
events/177786925654297/
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Male 1,610
I`m down too. I normally just see the occasional movie anyways, and mostly for the popcorn. I f*cking LOVE movie theater popcorn.
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Male 224
It would be a lot more effective if the retailers you`d be refusing to shop with hadn`t already paid the distributors for the products you`re refusing to buy. Great way to hurt retailers but will not have any effect on the desired targets.
I say again - this protest will be 100% ineffective.
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Male 2,790
i`m in
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Male 2,627
@pokherkid-
You`re stuck in the "Chicken Little" syndrome, frozen into inactivity by fear.
It`s a large part of what is wrong with America these days- Only the greatest of cowards are heard and followed.
Take a deep breath, grow a pair, do what`s right.
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Male 1,754
I`d do it if it got the point across. Nothing will change unless we stand united and do it ourselves.
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Female 409
I`m down! ^_^
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Female 1,324
the video games and books would be hard >> but yeah I`m also worried about the whole economic situation. if it`s a big enough `blip` that would not be good, things are unstable enough.
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Male 5,314
nice idea, impossible to accomplish though.
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Male 241
i am so with you there GERRY, on another note, can a MOD please kick JENNIFER11
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Male 506
Unfortuatnely, something like this would have far more dramatic effect on the people who actually put in the hard work to produce the media we consume. Not everyone in the entertainment industry is a business exec or lobbyist.
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Male 79
I love the idea, but im worried that this might hurt other industries, in an already stalling economy how can we be sure this doesnt take a dramatic toll on people who are already struggling? isnt it like the ripple effect? Isnt that the problem with the economy? everything is tied together so it cant be changed without hurting innocent people, thats part of why society is so easily controlled by the wealthy elite. Im not trying to start a political battle, I just want to know If anyone know what kind of effect this might have?
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Male 928
"Im sorry I can understand do not download any song Legally, but why not illegaly neither?"

Because they still track that information and therefore to make a solid point that means something you have to do away with media from your life for 4 weeks. Personally I wish this would really happen. I am more than willing to do my part but I fear no one else has what it takes to go without for 4 weeks. After all we had people practically in tears over wiki being down for less than 24 hours.

Still media companies are the problem and have been. They try to control everything we see hear read and they want to make that control absolute. That fact in and of it`s self will actually be the downfall of those companies and will eventually change all forms of media as we know them. The transition however will not be fun for anyone.
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Male 506
Does that include Cable or Satelitte TV?
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Female 71
Im spreading this message
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Male 1,416
If I have my pre-order for Mas Effect already in but pick it up in March, is that still ok?
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Male 69
well that won`t be hard
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Male 3,314
I go far longer than one month without doing these things. When I used to travel, I read a lot of books, and was always buying them, but now that I`m not traveling for work anymore, I find I`m re-reading what I have around the house. I probably won`t do any of these things between now and May, let alone just in March.
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Male 37,888

Yes. It`s not that difficult to find other forms of entertainment.
Like drinking. If they said "don`t buy beer" there`d be no way in hell I`d go along with that.
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Male 15,510
Im sorry I can understand do not download any song Legally, but why not illegaly neither?
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Male 4,996
in any case don`t forget that the real problem stand in the principle that internet is born free and must stay free. Piracy is just the clue that companies want to use to control the net.
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Female 4,376
I`m gonna attempt to do this
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Male 599
The best way to "hit them where it hurts" is to pirate everything you can.
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Male 4,004
The best way to fight this is to pirate more and more and more and more.

I don`t care if Hollywood goes 100% bankrupt and no new movies ever come out, if they don`t make anything for the internet to pirate, there is no problem... we will adapt, I`m sure.
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Male 25,416
i doubt this is going to cause a huge impact, if at all
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Male 914
This is incredibly stupid and pointless.
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Male 4,004
And I`ve been part of this strike for a long time.

I don`t buy many books/magazines that would get these people money.

I already have all the movies I want, the only ones I buy are ones I REALLY like and have added benefit in Blu-Ray format (Lord of the Rings ext. edition & the Jason Bourne Trilogy)

I don`t watch primetime American TV shows (I don`t know what`s in, but shows between 8pm and 10pm on ABC, NBC, FOX, and any other big TV stations.

I don`t go see movies anymore, but that has more to do with the fact there is absolutely NO MOVIE worth seeing for $10 in an uncomfortable seat where I am fed crappy popcorn, I can`t pause the movie if I have to piss, I have to pay more than a nickle for popcorn, it`s in 3D (ARGH!), people around me laughing at NOTHING and they talk back when I tell them to STFU so I throw my bucket of popcorn at them and storm out of Sucker Punch.
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Male 4,004
And these companies have interests in TV. I really doubt the internet can manage to get people to not buy movies, go to the theater, read a book, listen to music...

Might as well say don`t use the internet in case you stumble upon an ad that gives these companies money.
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Male 3,412
This should be amended to "companies that support SOPA/PIPA" in stead of just a broadened media blackout.

And what about television companies like ABC and the like? How do you stop giving them money?
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Male 4,004
How can you pirate a movie nobody is going to go see?

Unless the director hires his Russian cousin with parkinson`s diseaseto film it and torrent it.
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Male 4,793
pirating is ok, they don`t make profit on that, so honestly instead of going to the movie or buying their product, pirate it instead.
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Male 4,793
"Ill participate but that wont mean i wont stop pirating... "

ditto.
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Female 54
I have to agree with Swash, companies know that eventually they will get their money and this protest will be..well, pointless. However, it`ll still hit them where it hurts.
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Male 240
good thing our economy isn`t effed up and this won`t cause any problems... oh waittt that`s right it is
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Male 47
They`ll just blame it on piracy anyway and use it as evidence that the people protesting SOPA are pirates (Since a boycott is impossible in their eyes, since no one can live without music, televsion, and movies).
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Male 224
The problem is they know at the end of the month all the money they were missing will come flooding back in along with all their regular sales.
This protest will be completely ineffective.
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Male 4,996
Swash this kind of companies despite the ammount of money they do for sure have debts cause all the richest companies in the world works with debts credits game. If we can screw a bit their games i really think they will start to think of us not only like cows.
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Male 224
Piperfawn, the companies being targeted by this have enough squirrelled away to weather the storm. Hell, they make billions of dollars in profit each year - enough to pay the bills for a month of delayed sales, even assuming this protest has a 100% participation rate.
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Male 272
Is there a list of companies and organizations that support SOPA/PIPA? I think a nation wide boycott on the entertainment industry would be hard to accomplish but very effective.
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Male 642
people, not spending anything on media is the wrong way.. do it right and just avoid these companies, buy for example indie games from small studios, minecraft for example, there are soooo many others. If you want music, try broadening your horizon and look for listening samples of unknown/unsigned artists, maybe they are for you, thenm give them your money. This way you hurt the companies that hurt you, but you give the profit to the people who deserve it.
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Male 89
dont you guys see that this is like OWS.

all these protesters against the people that PROVIDE THE JOBS, PROVIDE THE MONEY. You protest, youre ultimately going to become the thing youre protesting against. how much easier is it for SOPA to do its thing if people are already listening to it.
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Male 1,471
I might.. I`m dirt-poor anyway...
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Male 289
Also, this will cripple the Economy even worse than it already is. by not making any sales, millions of workers in retail stores, movie theaters, and even online support will be laid off. way to think this one thru ;)
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Male 4,996
Swash is not so easy, the shotage of money for 1 month cab seriously damage companies cause they will have to spend lot of money due of interests and in any case i think that the important thing is the action. If the partecipation at this protest will be huge the message will arrive straight and clear also to politicians.
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Male 89
this is really stupid. if people dont go to movies, how are the employers going to pay for their employees shifts. yeah they will lose money but it ultimately trickles down to us. people have shares in music companies. id love to have my shares` price go down
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Male 2,199
Ill participate but that wont mean i wont stop pirating...
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Male 1,252
participate.. (Even though Im Canadian I still oppose retarded politics). If it does pass though wiki is more than welcome to their reserved .ca spot :)
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Male 224
Except that the companies will know that come April all their missed profit will come in.
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Male 12
I will absolutely participate. Created this account specifically so I could say that.
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Male 4,996
I`m in.
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Female 1,328
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