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Why openSUSE.org goes on strike tomorrow

January 17th, 2012 by

End of January the US Congress will vote to pass two laws, the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) and the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA). If these laws pass they would enable copyright holders to get court orders against websites accused of doing or facilitating copyright infringement. So far so good, the openSUSE Project is against copyright violations.

We are a community that provides free and easy access to Free and Open Source Software. We innovate, integrate, polish, document, distribute, maintain and support one of the world’s best Linux distributions. We are working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source community. And in this community there is no room for copyright abuses. That however does not mean that the end justifies the means. We at openSUSE are opposed to the proposals because we depend on our users to not only be able to freely and openly contribute their code but also their opinion and other information. Why that is threatened by these proposals, you can read over at the EFF, or watch this video from Fight for the Future

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet
from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

We hope the decision to blackout openSUSE.org will educate people around the world about this issue that threatens the basics of the internet, will make some US based contributors, friends and users contact their representatives in congress and inspire others to join the strike.

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24 Responses to “Why openSUSE.org goes on strike tomorrow”

  1. Arthur Sullivan

    I enthusiasticlly support openSUSE in this matter. Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

  2. Ralph Werner

    I also support openSUSE in this matter, because I do not like people robbing us of our freedom.

  3. These bills are pretty bad, but so was NDAA. Yes, the internet is doomed if these bills pass, so let’s stop them. But bills that physically doomed Americans from their Constitutional protections have already been passed. That scares me more. Ever here of pirate networks and radio? They will always be available for those that really need to say something. But when the Govt. passes bills that say they can kick in your door without warrant and detain the whole household indefinitely without trial on mere suspicion of “terrorism” (to be classified by bureaucrats); that’s the real tyranny. I also say stick it to the man, but I mean literally. If anyone needs to get black-bagged it’s the DC idiots in suits.

    • Correction (spelling): Failure to proofread.

      Replace “Ever here of pirate networks…”

      With “Ever hear of pirate networks…”

      I despise spelling errors because it breaks compilations.

  4. Byte

    Thanks to OpenSUSE for opposing SOPA/PIPA. Also thanks to OpenSUSE for pointing out that (criminal) copyright infringement should also be opposed.

    But just saying we oppose copyright infringement doesn’t cut it. If you download a song recorded in the year 1900 from LOC’s National Jukebox, you are infringing state copyright laws and a (dirty?) pirate. Therefore:

    Does OpenSUSE have a position on Fair Use? Does OpenSUSE have a position on what they believe should be a fair copyright term for the 21st century (or: does OpenSUSE support a healthy and flourishing Public Domain)?

  5. MatthewEhle

    Thank you openSUSE! Keep up the good work.

  6. johnm

    Thanks openSUSE! I hope openSUSErs in other countries don’t get upset. The impact of SOPA/PIPA would reach beyond the USA. And we should fight such measures in other countries as well.

  7. Olaf

    Thanks openSuse ! You have my support for this.

  8. Edgaros

    I understand anyone who loud screaming, FREEDOM FOR SOFTWARE, for consumer this is great opportunity but not for buisness, one day someone, developer or system administrator, might stay without water and bread because softwares which were developed by them probably stay without sponsors, I dont think that donation is great idea because why I need to pay something if I could dont pay.

  9. Blackubay

    Yo apoyo completamente a opensuse y a la lucha contra esta ley que atenta contra la libertad, gracias a internet, es que los artistas de hoy, son conocidos en todas partes del planeta, esta ley no quiere promover la cultura, quiere proteger el negocio, quieren recaudar más impuestos, no saben que hacer para salir de su crisis económica, hay que unirnos contra esta calamidad que trasciende las fronteras de la ignorancia.

  10. Anonymous

    How many days did you mean by “Why openSUSE.org goes on strike tomorrow” I whole heartedly agree with any act of protest to maintain absolute freedom of the Internet. I have been an Advocate of freedom for the internet since days in the mid 1990’s when I was first introduced to some OS called “Concurrent” and then my first 44 floppy disk version of Slackware or was in SUSE linux. I was taking courses in The Internet advocating its power and independence back in 1997 onwards.


    FREEDOM is WHAT Most Conflicts are about From World Wars (my Father Died Building a Railway of Death in Thailand (SIAM) for this very Freedom – we now see the USA leading the next WAR AGAINST FREEDOM — WOW am I Glad that in the last 4 years I have suffered a Majot Heart Attack, Cancer (N.H.L), Diabetes and now a Pacemaker implant because my heart stopping for up to 4.7 secs and heart rate ranging 30bpm – 120bpm.

    I’ll always remain on the side of FREEDOM of Expression

  11. Hawkshead

    I had no intention of hiding behind an Anonymous Comment

  12. So does this mean the USA proposing SOPA is a marker that the Digital Rights Management (DRM) hype in the last decade is a complete and utter failure?

    My thoughts range from this IS the 21st Century to Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut.

    Perhaps the USA Entertainment Industry should formally ask the Open community to develop DRM solutions as 20th Century ‘commercial’ operations seem to have made a real mess of things.

    Has anyone considered that SOPA may actually harm the USA Entertainment Industry too in our fragile global economy?

    The human race should be focusing on sustaining our planet, preventing increase in population and increasing space exploration so we can make science fiction science fact. Everything else seems ‘petty’ by comparison.

    Thanks OpenSuse – You have my support for this.

  13. procuste

    thanks to opensuse to fight SOPA PIPA

  14. Chris

    What does it have to do with the rest of the world? It is evident that USA is transforming into a totalitarian state, and our best hope is to prepare to live without USA.
    Please restrict such initiatives to customers from USA that can actually do anything about it. Trying to disrupt the whole world because of their internal problems is just another example of American arrogance.

    • Hawkshead

      Quite agree Chris. USA now snaps its fingers and UK,EU,NZ Aus and others COW-Tow to USA’s demands. “Send the over here. We will Lock-em-Up and sometime in the future we’ll hang them if necessary. They must be guilty of something”

      Arrogance isn’t strong enough.

    • Anonymous

      Very arrogant posts there. As a US citizen I oppose both laws and contacted my representatives about it and voiced my option. Would love to know where you two shining stars call home.

      If you would have educated yourself about the law and it’s intention, which was badly planned your would have known it would have impacted DNS servers located in the US and not the whole world. Please read something about what your trying to intelligently posting about. It was a bad law that was shelved, but it’s comical reading this posting about how the US is trying to take over your world in your mind.

  15. OpenSuse has my support!!!!!

  16. jon white

    yet another move by the thought police to end many things including the whole concept of linux and other free O/S`s.
    And remember all in the name of freedom.Remember this would be the thin end of the wedge.

  17. eu

    Here in Europe it is ACTA… but, one or other, they are just and only means to protect (enforce) the strong and rich against weak and poor = users.
    My support for OpenSuse.

    PS Bad lows in “bad” hands mean only one: someone is trying to do smth bad.
    And it’s coming from USA (and Japan)… coincidence? Believe that, if you want.
    If “Anonymous” would have read a little about world situation and not only about US lows, he would have noticed where did it start, and who will benefit. And it is really not about taking over the world. Probably it’s worse, it’s about money. At every cost.

  18. The_end

    Microsoft claim that all Linux has at least 170 ip which fter these bills are pass they can ask to shut down any Linux distro’s.” The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft’s patents” (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/05/28/100033867/). Microsoft is just waiting in the dark for this. Also Microsoft is part of Universal Studio. There is a war with the giants and we are in the middle of it( us people ).

  19. Maximus Prime

    Freedom is the right of all sentient beings!!!!