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The ‘Charming’ SOPA / PIPA Supporter, Cat Yronwode (owner of


Below are a grouping of quotes from Cat Yronwode, owner-operator of Lucky Mojo Curio Co.’s personal Facebook page.

Cat is such an avid supporter (yes, supporter) of SOPA / PIPA, that she proposes the government allow her to kill pirates (no, I’m not kidding).

Read below, then choose whether you ever wish to continue to support Lucky Mojo Curio Co. again.

I know I won’t.

“…I want my government to pass laws to put an end to the rip offs. ANY laws. ALL laws. MORE laws. The more fucking draconian the laws against internet piracy the better”

“[book pirates] should be put on a federal registry of book pirates, like sexual molestors [sic] are, so that i will KNOW THEM FOREVER and will be able to refuse to sell them my books.”

“If you don;t [sic] ‘get it’ [if you don’t understand why she supports SOPA / PIPA] then you are an enabler of theft.”

“To those who propose a ‘middle ground’ — FUCK THAT.”

“If stopping internet piracy means that the government gives me the right to carry a shot gun and shoot the pirating mother fuckers in the face, i will DO IT!”

“If someone broke into my home to steal my collection of tea cups, i would have the right to shoot them in the face. I feel the same way about people who steal my intellectual property. They are irredeemable criminals and the only sure way to eliminate them from society is to kill them.”

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Charming person indeed, this Cat.  She should get professional help for those violent urges of hers.

Internet piracy would only be comparable to stealing teacups if the teacups actually stayed in your house after they were stolen.

Remember folks, no SOPA/PIPA supporter is too large or too small to boycott.

(Post reblogged from shivian)

If passed, how SOPA might affect freedom of religion.

Good news!  SOPA hearings have been postponed until early next month.  This is the best gift we could get for Yule; don’t waste it!  See the bottom of the post for suggestions on what to do.

How the heck is a bill supposed to target internet piracy supposed to go after religion?

It’s quite simple.

SOPA works much like the DMCA - if an infringing site or a site merely linking to an infringing site is reported, then that site must be blocked, no questions asked.

Awhile back on YouTube, creationists made a concerted effort to censor atheist and pro-evolution videos by filing DMCA reports.  YouTube had no choice but to take the videos down, no questions asked.  Of course, none of the videos contained any infringing materials whatsoever.  For example, certain of them contained footage from Kent Hovind, which was completely legal as 1. Hovind declared that his videos were non-copyrighted, and 2. it would fall under Fair Use (criticism) even if they weren’t.

Fox News also attempted to censor a video criticizing Casey Luskin’s scientific illiteracy, even though its use was clearly protected by Fair Use.

Many of these videos were reinstated after it was determined that the DMCA claims were unlawful, but not without wasting the time of the YouTube atheist community, and not before the videos had been inaccessible for some time.  RationalWiki documents one specific case.

Now, let’s say there’s a pagan forum and someone decides it needs to be shut down for the greater good.  If members link to copyrighted material - such as a how-to video that uses a snippet of a copyrighted song, that site could possibly be reported.

Likewise, if a person quotes paganphobic book on their website to address the claims made in it, someone might file a copyright claim on the quotes.  Bye-bye site.

And sometimes, they might not even wait until they have an excuse.  One person filed a DMCA claim on the voice of the person who made the video simply out of spite.

Now that we’ve been given extra time to fight this unconstitutional bill, don’t waste any time to fight it!

  • Contact your representative.
  • Urge your news stations and papers to cover SOPA and its potential problems.
  • Blog about SOPA on Tumblr and every other blog site you have an account on.
  • Put some code on your website to help spread the word.
  • Up-vote SOPA-related posts on Reddit.
  • Reblog this post.
  • When you’ve done all the physical-plane work you can do, petition any appropriate gods you think will be interested in the cause.  Hermes and Athena strike me as the type to care about this.  And perhaps some kind of binding spell on SOPA and internet censorship in general would be appropriate.