TmoNews Supports January 18th Stop SOPA Day

Sometimes we go a little off subject when the mood strikes, and today, the mood strikes. Along with many other websites across the internet today, we’re protesting against the dangerous pieces of legislation that are SOPA and PIPA. These bills, if passed into law, would allow companies, like the recording industry to shut down websites like TmoNews without due process of the law should they discover anything that violates copyright. A picture of a leaked Motorola phone? Goodbye TmoNews, The Verge, Engadget and pretty much every other tech site on the planet.

With SOPA and PIPA, these companies will go to a Judge, offer some kind of evidence of copyright infringement, and have the Judge proceed to take down our DNS thereby taking TmoNews offline. Imagine using an internet where the only thing standing between you and all your favorite websites going offline is a Judge, who may make a judgement without a “big picture” outlook. Most importantly, we’re surrendering due process.

These are dangerous acts and we don’t support them. Stop SOPA and PIPA by taking action, direct your friends and family to Google.com/take action, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation which lists points of contact to register your complaint. Write or call your local Congressperson. Just do something to show that you don’t want an internet that bows to the likes of the recording and movie industry.

Google.com/takeaction

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Wikipedia -Enter your zip code and find out who to contact

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  • Anonymous

    Here’s one way to look at it:

    With the verbiage in these acts, the recording industry could say that VCRs (in its day) help facilitate piracy since people could copy movies/shows using them.  Because of this, all the VCR manufacturers would have to shut down. If that happened, then none of the big electronic makers would be around (no Samsung, Sony, Toshiba,etc.)

    That is completely bogus!  Thank goodness that my Congressman is adamantly against this.  I heard him talk out about this legislation on the morning talk show as I was driving into work.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad you guys are bringing this up too. Finally maybe the masses will know what the media has neglected to air for their own personal gain. Good on you TmoNews!!!

  • Cwxcf00

    that industry is big and rich enough but like every other company in this ambitious world if they make a penny out of bananas, they would want to make 2 and more and more with no limits, and then keep saying that they don’t have enough. we want freedom!!!!!!!!!!!! internet is like streets, or even better where you can write and read or trade anything you want. if not I wont even want to pay for the service anymore. 

  • 4G

    David just in case leak everything you know about the phones tmo will come out with this year

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m just wondering how does Congress have any say so over what gets posted on the Web?  The web is Public domain as far as I know.  SOPA was a ridiculous idea and whoever came up with the idea is a ridiculous individual.  I mean really, they didn’t even come up with a clever title for it.  “SOPA” is just “SOAP” with the “A” and “P” swapped.

  • Anonymous

    I’m proud of you David.

  • Peddent

    And here goes leftist Hollywood again telling everyone how to live. You make too much money so you should be taxed at a higher rate. have you seen the crazy amount of money they get? Have you been to the movies lately, 2 people with popcorn and a drink 50 bucks easy. Hollywood have way to much influence on our government and this must be stopped

    • Mirad77

      Do u have your @ss over your head? Or are you as usual just looking for someone to dump your blame on? You don’t have to buy popcorn at the movies you know. You talk about apple and compare it with orange, it doesn’t work that way. It is apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Dumb @ss!

      • Mike576jones

        Actually you are the dumb @ss. Just so you know

        • DGTR57

          Nope, its you. Mirad is right.

  • Havoktek

    I’m down David….You take one freedom away, they’ll take ‘em all…Educate yourselves people.
     This is real deal that affects us and generations to come on how the Internet will be used.

  • Havoktek

    I’m down David….You take one freedom away, they’ll take ‘em all…Educate yourselves people.
     This is real deal that affects us and generations to come on how the Internet will be used.

  • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

    I have blacked out both of my websites in support of anti-SOPA day as well, one of which is also a tech blog.

    Thank you David!

  • mars999

    All those recording companies need to be destroyed permanently. Artists must realize that they do not need the recording companies, artists should be able to sell their work on internet by themselves or through some 3rd party companies such as e-bay, etc. And the copyright holder’s should be the authors themselves. Who needs those middle-man companies? That was all old fashioned approach. Nowadays, everything should be through internet – people could purchase all the songs and movies and make their own CD/DVDs as necessary. Recording industry is afraid of losing their business forever as they realize the internet is their threat.

    • Mark

      It depends on what the recording artist is looking for.  Yes, you can make a living touring and selling your records on the Internet; artists from Tori Amos to Hanson do that today.  But if what you want is to become a Rock Star, with the pyro and the stadiums and the David Lee Roth / Steven Tyler lifestyle, you need the organization and promotional budget that a major label provides.  Obviously, a major label contract doesn’t guarantee anything, but if your interest in making music has more to do with Cristal and groupies than being a Suffering Artist, it’s the only way to get there.

  • mars999

    All those recording companies need to be destroyed permanently. Artists must realize that they do not need the recording companies, artists should be able to sell their work on internet by themselves or through some 3rd party companies such as e-bay, etc. And the copyright holder’s should be the authors themselves. Who needs those middle-man companies? That was all old fashioned approach. Nowadays, everything should be through internet – people could purchase all the songs and movies and make their own CD/DVDs as necessary. Recording industry is afraid of losing their business forever as they realize the internet is their threat.

  • Anonymous

    So….if you are supporting this effort…why am I reading your site right now?

    • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

       Umm so you’re in support of SOPA.

      Well, you ██ ████████ ██████ ██████████ ██ ████ ██████████ ██. ███ ███ This comment has been found in violation of HR 3261 SOPA and has been removed.

    • kahlayoh

      ^^ WTH??

  • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

    It is also useful to know who the enemy
    is. The following major companies support SOPA. PLEASE write to or call
    the companies to let them know you are boycotting their services and
    products unless they end their support for the dangerous bill! Together
    we CAN make a difference!

    1-800 Contacts, Inc.
    1-800-PetMeds
    2b1 Inc
    3M Company
    ABRO Industries, Inc.
    Acushnet Company
    adidas America
    Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
    Allen Russell Photography
    Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
    Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA)
    Altria Client Services
    American Apparel and Footwear Association
    American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
    American Board of Internal Medicine
    American Federation of Musicians
    American Gramaphone LLC
    American Made Alliance
    American Mental Health Counselors Association
    American Photographic Artists
    American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
    American Society of Media Photographers
    American Society of Picture Professionals
    American Watch Association
    Anatoly Pronin Photography
    Andrea Rugg Photography
    Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative (ACAPI)
    Applied DNA Sciences
    Art Holeman Photography
    Association of American Publishers (AAP)
    Association of Equipment Manufacturers
    Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)
    Association of Test Publishers
    AstraZeneca plc
    Australian Medical Council
    Autodesk, Inc.
    Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
    Baker & Taylor Ent.
    Bay State Psychological Associates
    Beachbody, LLC
    Beam Global Spirits & Wine
    Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
    Bose Corporation
    Braasch Biotech LLC
    Brian Stevenson Photography
    Brigid Collins Family Support Center
    Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
    Burberry
    C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
    Callaway Golf Company
    Cascade Designs Incorporated
    Caterpillar Inc.
    Caveon, LLC
    CBS Corporation
    Cengage Learning
    Center for Credentialing & Education
    Center Stage Photography
    CFA Institute
    Chanel USA
    Christopher Semmes Photography
    Church Music Publishers Association
    CMH Images
    Coach
    Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)
    Columbia Sportswear Company
    Comcast Corporation
    Commercial Photo Design
    Commercial Photographers International
    Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
    Consumer Healthcare Products Association
    Copyright Alliance
    Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
    Coty Inc.
    Council of Fashion Designers of America
    Country Music Association
    CropLife America
    Cross-Entertainment LLC
    CSA Group
    CVS Caremark
    D’Addario & Company, Inc.
    Dan Sherwood Photography
    Danita Delimont Stock Photography
    Dayco Products, LLC
    Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
    Dennyfoto
    Derek DiLuzio Photography
    DeVaul Photography
    Direct Selling Association (DSA)
    Directional Insight
    Distefano Enterprises Inc.
    Doriguzzi Photographic Artistry
    Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
    Dolce & Gabbana USA, INC.
    Dollar General Corporation
    Don Grall Photography
    Dunford Architectural Photography
    Eagle Rock Entertainment
    Ed McDonald Photography
    Educational & Industrial Testing Service
    Electronic Arts, Inc.
    Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Englebert Photography
    Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
    ERAI, Inc.
    Eric Meola Studio Inc
    Evidence Photographers International Council
    Ex Officio
    Exxel Outdoors
    FAME Publishing Co., LLC.
    FAME Recording Studios
    Far Bank Enterprises
    Fashion Business Incorporated
    Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    Fender Musical Instrument Company
    Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
    Ford Motor Company
    Fortune Brands, Inc.
    Fred J. Lord Photography
    GAR Associates
    Gelderland Productions, L.L.C.
    Gemvision Corporation
    Gibson Guitar Corp.
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Gospel Music Association
    Governors America Corp.
    Graphic Artists Guild
    Greeting Card Association (GCA)
    Greg Nikas Photography
    Guru Denim
    H.S. Marketing & Design, Inc.
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Harry Fox Agency
    Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
    ICM Distributing Company, Inc.
    IDS Publishing
    IEC Electronics corp.
    Images Plus
    Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC)
    Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA)
    INgrooves
    Innate-gear
    International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
    IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
    Ira Montgomery Photography
    J.S. Grove Photography
    James Drug Inc.
    Jaynes Gallery
    JCPage Photography
    Jean Poland Photography
    Jeff Stevensen Photography
    John Fulton Photography
    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Johnson & Johnson
    Juicy Couture, Inc
    Julien McRoberts Photography
    K&R Photographics
    kate spade
    Kekepana International Services
    Kenneth Garrett, photographer for National Geographic
    Killing Jar Productions LLC
    Lacoste USA
    Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Lexmark International, Inc.
    Light Perspectives
    Linda Olsen Photography
    Little Dog Records
    Liz Claiborne, Inc
    L’Oréal USA
    Lucky Brand Jeans
    LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
    Macmillan
    Major League Baseball
    Marcia Andberg Associates LLC
    Mark Niederman Photography
    Marmot
    Marona Photography
    McLain Photography Inc
    Merck & Co., Inc.
    Messy Face Designs, Inc.
    Michael Stern Photography
    MicroRam Electronics, Inc.
    Minter Works of Art
    Mira Images
    Monster Cable Products, Inc.
    Moose’s Photos
    Morningstar Films LLC
    Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
    MotionMasters
    Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
    MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
    Mr. Theodor Feibel (sole proprietor)
    Music Managers Forum-U.S.
    Nashville Songwriters Association International
    Natalie Neckyfarow Actor/Dancer/Singer
    National Association of Broadcasters
    National Association of Manufacturers
    National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)
    National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
    National Basketball Association (NBA)
    National Board for Certified Counselors
    National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation
    National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
    National Football League (NFL)
    National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
    National Retail Federation (NRF)
    NBCUniversal
    Nervous Tattoo Inc., dba Ed Hardy
    New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
    New Era Cap Co Inc
    New Levels Ent. Co. LLC
    News Corporation
    Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.
    NHL Enterprises, L.P.
    Nicholas Petrucci, Artist, LLC
    Nike, Inc.
    Nissle Fine Art Photography
    North Dakota Pharmacists Association
    North Dakota Pharmacy Service Corporation
    Oakley, Inc.
    One Voice Recordings
    OpSec Security, Inc.
    Outdoor Industry Association
    Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)
    Outdoor Research, Inc
    Pacific Component Xchange, Inc.
    Party Killer Films LLC
    Pearson Clinical Assessment
    Peavey Electronics Corporation
    Perry Ellis International
    Personal Care Products Council
    Peter C. Brandt, Architectural and Fine Art Photography
    Peter Hawkins Photography, Inc.
    Petzl America
    Pfizer Inc.
    PGA of America
    Philip Morris International
    Photojournalist Dave Bartruff
    Picture Archive Council of America (PACA)
    Pigfactory Music
    PING
    PNW Images
    Premier League
    Production Music Association (PMA)
    Professional Photographers of America
    Quality Float Works, Inc.
    Raging Waters Music
    Ralph Lauren Corporation
    Ramsay Corporation
    Rebel Photo
    Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
    Red4 Music/Doogs Rock Inc
    Red Wing Shoe Company
    Reebok International Ltd.
    Reed Elsevier Inc.
    Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
    Revlon
    Richard Flutie Photography
    Rite Aid
    Robin Davis Photography, Inc.
    Rodger Scott Craig, a member of Liverpool Express, The Merseybeats, Fortune, Harlan
    Cage, 101 South, and Mtunz Media
    Roger Smith Photography Services
    Rolex Watch USA Inc.
    Romance Writers of America (RWA)
    Rosetta Stone Inc.
    Saddle Creek
    Sage Studios LLC
    Sam D’Amico Photography
    Schneider Electric
    Sean McGinty Photography
    Secret Sea Visions (Photography)
    SESAC, Inc.
    SG Industries, Inc.
    Shure Incorporated
    SIGMA Assessment Systems
    Six Degrees Records
    Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
    SMC Entertainment
    SMT Corp.
    SoBe Entertainment
    Society of Sport & Event Photographers
    Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
    Sony Electronics Inc.
    Sony Music Entertainment
    Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Soul Appeal Records and Music
    SoundExchange
    Southern Gothic LLC
    Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
    SPI (The Plastics Industry Trade Association)
    Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
    Sports Rights Owners Coalition
    Spring Fever Productions LLC
    Spyder Active Sports, Inc
    Stenbakken Photography
    Stephen Dantzig Photography
    Stock Artist Alliance
    Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC
    Student Photographic Society
    Studio 404
    SunRise Solar Inc.
    Taylor Glenn Photographs
    Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Tednologies, Inc.
    The Cambridge Don
    The Collegiate Licensing Company/IMG College
    The Donath Group, Inc.
    The Dow Chemical Company
    The Estee Lauder Companies
    The McGraw-Hill Companies
    The Music People! Inc.
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    The Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
    The Timberland Company
    The Walt Disney Company
    Tiffany & Co.
    Time Warner Inc.
    Tony Bullard Photography
    Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
    TRA Global
    Tricoast Worldwide
    Trio Productions, Inc. / Songscape Music,
    Twist & Shout, Inc.
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Ultimate Fighting Championship
    Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
    Universal Music Group
    Uniweld Products Inc.
    VF Corporation
    Viacom
    Vibram USA, Inc
    Virtual Chip Exchange USA, Inc.
    Voltage Pictures, LLC
    W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co.
    Walcott Studio, LLC
    Wal-Mart
    Warner Music Group
    Wendy Kaveney Photography
    Western Psychological Services
    Westmorland Images, LLC
    Wild & Associates, Inc.
    Wild Eye Photos LLC
    William Sutton Photography
    Willis Music
    WindLegends Ink LLC
    Winestem Company
    Winslow Research Institute
    Wolfe Video
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
    Woolrich, Inc.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
    Xerox Corporation
    Zippo Manufacturing Company
    Zumba Fitness, LLC

    • J-Hop2o6

      My God… Some of these companies confuse me. The non-music, motion picture, and ISP companies support SOPA / PIPA? Why? What does this have to do with them? Like Nike, L’Oréal, Harley-Davidson, New Era, Caterpillar, Coach, Burberry, Monster, etc.

      • http://twitter.com/gallifrey Craig Campbell

        The non-media companies have brands to protect.  In particular, another stated target of these bills is not just software, music, or movie piracy – but also sites which sell counterfit items – Harleys, perfumes, clothing etc.  Also, the bill supporters claim the bill would stop sales of unapproved medicines (like when US people buy cheap medicines from Canada etc).  Most of these are worthy goals, however the bill will not stop piracy – since those who want to use those sites will figure out how to get there – and the collateral damage and ripeness for abuse of these bills is staggering.

        • J-Hop2o6

          I had a feeling it had something to do with fakes/counterfeits.

    • Tbyrne

      Damn! Pretty much every company out there!

    • kahlayoh

      Even if the bill passes people will still continue to support the companies listed above!! That’s the way some of the american people are! It would be a history in a making if everyone in America show their support against this SOPA crap!! But I sure do hope they don’t pass this bill…..this country is heading into some “F’ed” up stuff!!

  • Stephenblake73

    Thats awful

  • http://twitter.com/gallifrey Craig Campbell

    Bravo David!!  One thing to point out is that the DNS-blocking part of the bills (SOPA and PIPA) has been promised to be removed – but of course that doesn’t mean it couldn’t come back….  Even without the DNS blocking though, the bills are still horrendous.  If you are accused or suspected of posting infringing material, the owner can petition the Attorney General to:

     - Order your ISP to take down your site
     - Order Google/Yahoo/Bing/Twitter/Facebook etc to ensure your site does not appear in any search results
     - Order Google and other Ad services to cease business with you
     - Order Paypal, Visa, Mastercard etc to cease business with you
     - Oh and the burden is on YOU to prove you were not infringing, and if it turns out you were innocent, all those parties above who destroyed your site, including the original accuser, are immune from any retribution.

    Some people will think my comments above are tin-foil-hat fearmongering type stuff, but history shows that when powers such as these are granted, they WILL be abused.  Ultimately, if these bills pass, I think sites like Google, Facebook, Youtube, and yourself, would be so tied up in litigation, or the mere threat of litigation, that the end result would be you either disappear completely, or forcibly and actively continually censor yourself to avoid any possible risk.

    These bills are a gag on the Internet.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Are we not in America? Sounds to me like we are trying to be like China or some foreign country. If these bills pass it will be pointless to even use the web because there really won’t be many sites to visit. It reminds me of Apple and suing everyone they can to stop others from actually doing anything.

  • NGZxStarz

    Guys this is really bad we gota stop sopa or it can possibly start 1 more recession for the USA and Canada.  With businesses having total control on money and also all the job losses going on we can seriously lose all rights to money.  Think about it guys if this passes then middle class people who live average minimum wage lives will completely lose out and many people can go bankrupt buying some of the stuff businesses sell.  Business is already in control but if they get the edge on this then all the money would go to the top businesses and the public, not to mention the lower class businesses like retail stores, would also have run out of money because all of it is going to the big businesses.  In the end all of the people would be left with nathing but cheap labour.

    Herez a thought

    everything is baned online…
    you get minnimum wage…
    you are use to entertainment by downloads because u cant afford $30-$60 worth of games or movies…

    now you are paying the money to get the entertainment you need…(no human can addapt to sudden change)
    in the end you are broke or can’t arrange fundings as well as before!

    that could be the story of           millions!!!!!!!!!!!!
    imagine how much the people would lose and how much other businesses would lose because people wouldn’t have enough money to be spending

  • NGZxStarz

    Guys this is really bad we gota stop sopa or it can possibly start 1 more recession for the USA and Canada.  With businesses having total control on money and also all the job losses going on we can seriously lose all rights to money.  Think about it guys if this passes then middle class people who live average minimum wage lives will completely lose out and many people can go bankrupt buying some of the stuff businesses sell.  Business is already in control but if they get the edge on this then all the money would go to the top businesses and the public, not to mention the lower class businesses like retail stores, would also have run out of money because all of it is going to the big businesses.  In the end all of the people would be left with nathing but cheap labour.

    Herez a thought

    everything is baned online…
    you get minnimum wage…
    you are use to entertainment by downloads because u cant afford $30-$60 worth of games or movies…

    now you are paying the money to get the entertainment you need…(no human can addapt to sudden change)
    in the end you are broke or can’t arrange fundings as well as before!

    that could be the story of           millions!!!!!!!!!!!!
    imagine how much the people would lose and how much other businesses would lose because people wouldn’t have enough money to be spending

  • NGZxStarz

    OK here is the bad part for the big businesses

    this is the funniest thing xD
    if people cannot afford they get smart and save <——-most important thing!
    if people save they dont give business to the entertainment
    if they dont give business then the businesses would be out of business

    in the end there is no entertainment being made by the businesses and the world is doomed because businesses want to screaw themselves by letting the dog(sopa) loose

    HEY BIG SMART BUSINESS PEOPLE HAVEN'T YOU SEEN THE DARK KNIGHT?!?!?!?!?
    i WILL EXPLAIN
    the criminals let the joker loose because he is going to kill batman (their biggest problem).  Later on the joker becomes a menus for the criminals.  harvy dent (2face) says one really important quote that relates to all this.  He says, "Jokers just a mad dog.  Your the one who ever let him off the leash" to Maroni the crime boss (movie mins.1:53-1:55).  The criminals let the joker free thinking that, hey he can kill batman what could possibily go wrong?…
    everything goes wrong when u release a mad dog (sopa, joker) off of its leash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://products.mercola.com/coq10-ubiquinol/ Ubiquinol

    I do not support this either. I don’t know what’s gonna happen if they will pass SOFA and PIPA, it’s gonna be a huge chaos! So they still think they can stop online piracy and such?

  • Tbyrne

    Great News! The White House and many Lawmakers are now distancing themselves from this bill in it’s current form. The People have spoken!