SOPA & PIPA

  • Aired:  01/18/12
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Wikipedia, reddit and Boing Boing go dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, two bills that could change the Internet forever. (2:49)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NATION, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED

TODAY THAT SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE

WEB SITES LIKE WIKIPEDIA, REDDIT

AND BOING-BOING HAVE ALL GONE

DARK, WHICH MEANS INTERNET

USERS, THAT BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

YOU WERE LOOKING AT THIS

MORNING, THAT'S THE SKY.

[LAUGHTER]

IF YOU'RE STILL CONFUSED, LOOK

IT UP ON WIKIPEDIA TOMORROW.

THESE SITES ARE GONE DARK TODAY

TO PROTEST THE STOP ONLINE

PIRACY ACT AND THE PROTECT

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACT OR

SOPA AND PIPA, TWO BILLS WHICH

COULD CHANGE THE INTERNET

FOREVER.

>> IT'S A PROPOSED BILL THAT

AIMS TO CRACK DOWN ON COPYRIGHT

INFRINGEMENT, BUT SOPA WOULD

ALSO RESTRICT ACCESS TO ENTIRE

WEB SITES THAT HOST EVEN ONE

PIECE OF CONTENT OBTAINED

WITHOUT PERMISSION.

>> DON'T WORRY, TMZ IS SAFE.

THEY ARE FREE OF CONTENT.

NOW, TAKING WIKIPEDIA DOWN MAY

BE A FLASHY PROTEST, BUT IT

HASN'T AFFECTED ME IN THE LEAST

BECAUSE I'M SOMETHING OF AN

ENCYCLOPEDIA ORIGINALIST.

A COUPLE TIMES A MONTH I HAVE

WIKIPEDIA PRINTED OUT AND BOUND.

THIS IS VOLUME 5,470, STAR TREK

YEOMAN RANGD THROUGH YEOMAN

SMITH, B.

FOLKS, WHILE I AM NO FAN OF

INTERNET CENSORSHIP, WE MUST PUT

AN END TO ALL OF THIS COPYRIGHT

INFRINGEMENT.

CON TETD PROVIDERS LIKE ME ARE

GETTING ROBBED BY PEOPLE POSTING

PIRATE BOOTLEG VIDEOS LIKE THIS.

[LAUGHTER]

I WAS NOT PAID FOR ANY OF THAT

FOOTAGE.

AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THAT

DOG SHOULD GET THE CHAIR, OR

POSSIBLY THE COUCH.

I WILL NOT STAND FOR THESE SITES

GOING ON STRIKE.

I SAY THE INTERNET HAS TOO MUCH

CONTROL OVER WHAT'S ON THE WEB.

THAT ENDS TONIGHT.

I CAN PROVIDE ANYTHING THAT THE

INTERNET GIVES YOU.

FOR INSTANCE, YOU MISS READ IT

TODAY.

NO PROBLEM.

GOT THAT COVERED.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF A CAT

PLAYING XBOX AGAINST RICHARD

DAWKINS WEARING YODA EARS.

KARMA POINTS, PLEASE.

AND FOR THOSE WHO LIKE

BOING-BOING, NO PROBLEM.

HERE IS THE NEW DOMINO'S STUFFED

CHEESY BREAD COMMERCIAL SET TO

THE IMPERIAL MARCH FROM STAR

WARS.

[IMPERIAL MARCH PLAYING]

>> I FIND YOUR LACK OF CHEESE

DISTURBING.

[APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: FINALLY, FOR

IPAD USERS, I HAVE SOMETHING

FOR YOU, TOO.

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