In first place as the top scoring link of the day is a self post from a redditor calling for another internet blackout, this time to stop CISPA.  They argue that it worked to stop SOPA, so we should do it again.

As pointed out in the many comments posted on the article covered in post #8, users feel that big companies and internet giants only cared about stopping SOPA because it held them liable for information sharing, whereas with CISPA there is no danger to them, and they would be given the freedom of using and sharing users data if it’s deemed necessary for a ‘cyber security purpose’.  A vast majority of the 1192 comments argue this, and state that an internet blackout protest wouldn’t work because companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft support this bill rather than protest it. Other redditors suggest creating a coherent online bill of rights, which is already underway on reddit, on the r/fia page.  There is a lot of discussion about big corporations being too powerful and not having the interests of their users at hearts.  Some comments suggest hurting big companies by taking away their business.  A big debate is also sparked at the suggestion of blacking out porn sites as an effective way of making people pay attention to the CISPA protest.

In second place today is a link to a rather heart-warming story covered by the New York Times.  It tells the story of a 92yr old WWII veteran who, over the last 8 years, has sent over 300,000 illegally copied DVDs to soldiers in US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Buying blank discs, boxing them up and shipping them off was costing the veteran, known as Big Hy, an estimated $30,000.  He is reported as saying he was aware of the copyright violation but receiving emotional letters of thanks from the soldiers who appreciated what he was doing made him carry on.  He never accepted money for the films.  The 883rd Medical Company stationed near Kandahar were reported as really appreciating the films, saying it brought them closer to home.  The New York Times writes that Big Hy will live on as a war hero to many current soldiers.

Included among the 444 comments are the almost gleeful observations about how much revenue the Hollywood film industry is losing over this and other downloading activities.  A lot of comments allude to the money-grabbing nature of the film industry, and this criticising progresses to include music and production companies.  Many other comments applaud Big Hy’s actions, approving what he’s done as a good idea to boost morale and support the troops, and point out that Hollywood should have thought of it first.  The commentary moves into a discussion of whether downloading is stealing and whether or not he should have been punished, with people arguing both sides.

The third most upvoted link of today is another self post inspired by the top link of today.  It states that porn sites do care about their members’ privacy, unlike the big internet companies, and so if porn sites got on board, potentially with a blackout, CISPA could be beaten.  This link was born out of one of the user comment threads on the top link today.

336 redditors weighed in on this one.  Comments deal with the pros and cons of this approach and whether or not it’s actually a feasible plan.  Users fall on both sides of the debate with some arguing it would be effective while others say it would make absolutely no difference.  Others warn of the unethical behaviour of porn sites, with many providing examples of porn sites extorting people, particularly targeting teachers and other vulnerable people who are forced to hand over large sums of money to keep their porn usage and tastes quiet.  There are also, inevitably, lots of tongue in cheek comments joking about, rather than seriously interacting with, the link.

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