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Join a SOPA and PIPA debate

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 7:04 PM by makepictures:iconmakepictures:


:bulletgreen:  What are SOPA and PIPA?


The United States Congress is proposing two laws that address the problem of wide-scale unlicensed distribution on the Internet of motion pictures, songs, trademarked goods, and patented pharmaceuticals.  
  1. One of the proposals is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and would direct search engines in the United States to block Internet sites outside the United States that are primarily engaged in distributing unlicensed content.
  2. Another proposal called PIPA (Protect IP Act) would block websites located in the United States as well.
The Obama administration is putting a stop to these proposals.  It wants the Internet companies and the content companies to get together and come up with more functional and less destructive solutions.


:bulletgreen:  What would happen?


In both proposals, if they became law, the government of the United States would determine on application if a website was primarily engaged in unlicensed distribution.  A court might hold a hearing but only if the people who run the website showed up.  Otherwise, the site would be blocked by an order directing all websites in the United States with search capabilities or links to refuse to resolve any results or clicks to the blocked address.

Blocking addresses is hard to do without damaging every address on the Internet.  The blocking methods suggested in these two proposals would completely confuse existing Internet functions. They would encourage multiple hacks to get around the blocks (and the proposals, it turns out, would be ineffective against very simple work-arounds).  Maybe a few copyrights get saved but the price is opening massive wormholes in the Internet permitting hackers to re-direct traffic all over the place -- to malware, spyware, and phishing operations.


:bulletgreen:  Who's affected by these proposals?


Identifying sites that "primarily" infringe on copyrights is full of complexity. Nobody agrees on what "primarily" means. Many sites like Wikileaks and other activist, political, and cultural websites need to copy material that is copyrighted by others who oppose their goals in order to criticize them or to bring important documents into the light.  Some organizations, particularly political and religious ones, would use these laws if they were passed to try to block sites that republish controversial writings of a dictator or of a priest that they would prefer to keep under wraps.

Even harmless Internet behavior can be "primarily" an infringing activity: for example, a Tumblr account with still frames taken off of Glee. The unique address of the Tumblr account potentially could be blocked under these proposed laws.  


:bulletgreen:  What are the implications of SOPA?


SOPA, which would only block websites outside the United States, is a complete embarrassment to a country that has avidly supported the freedom of all peoples to express themselves openly particularly in the face of oppressive regimes.  The role of the Internet in populist liberation movements is well-known and the tools used by these movements come from the people and companies that built the Internet and the Web -- not from motion picture companies and sellers of consumer goods.  If the United States blocks websites over a Tom Cruise movie or a Rihanna song, other countries are certain to be encouraged by this to find cultural and political reasons to block websites from the Unites States and will refuse to open their borders, virtual or otherwise.

The Internet that has connected the world would become disconnected under these dangerous proposals.

The Internet is fragile.  The worldwide protection of copyrights and trademarked goods is extensive and the laws for them already are powerful. By comparison, laws that protect an open Internet are few and far between.

The compromises that the White House calls for are going to be very difficult to reach.  The motion picture studios and record companies are getting actors, directors, and singers to support SOPA and similar measures and have announced that they are not going to back down.  Internet users are up in arms and protests are scheduled for January 18, 2012.


:bulletgreen:  SOPA and the deviantART community


The community on deviantART is in a special position.  Our members make art -- copyrighted content -- and they want it to be protected.  But everyone on deviantART uses the Internet to expose themselves, their work and sometimes their souls to the world and we depend on an open platform for the very existence of the community.  

DeviantART as a site and as a company promotes the rights of artists.  However, SOPA and PIPA are poor "solutions", and we should all work towards other ways in which to resolve valid concerns about infringing conduct on the Internet that do not potentially harm free speech or the Internet itself.  

Where do you stand?

How much power should copyright owners have?

How open must the Internet be?

Is free speech, a public right, more important than the personal rights of an artist?

Many claim that a culture can only grow and speak at all by protecting private rights in art, books, movies and music.  Do you agree?


Joshua S. Wattles (makepictures)
Advisor in Chief
deviantART.com


Get educated:



The Electronic Frontier Foundation's update on SOPA:
SOPA Manager's Amendment: It's Still A Blacklist and It's Still A Disaster

Motion Picture Association of America's statement:
MPAA Response to White House Position on Anti-Piracy Legislation



Make your voice heard:

Stamp: Stop SOPA by TheRyanFord Stamp: The Great SOPA Debate by TheRyanFord Stamp: I Heart SOPA by TheRyanFord


STOP SOPA Bill by sakimichan

:star: Update


Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa

Take a look at the deviantART front page using "Newest" in the Browse to see a remarkable community protest of SOPA and PIPA.

:star: As of January 20th, it now seems that SOPA and PIPA will not move forward through Congress.  As previously mentioned, the White House opposed these bills before the protest began in earnest this past Wednesday. The White House reflects the position of the majority of the Democratic Party. Last night at the Republican Party primary debate in South Carolina (watch a video clip here) all of the candidates came out against the bills. The frontrunner, Mitt Romney, was particularly forceful on the notion of an open Internet.  In the video you can hear the crowd reactions as being quite negative towards SOPA and PIPA.  So both of the major U.S. political parties are now aligned as against the proposals.

Meanwhile, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America has called for the White House to intervene and help big content and big tech reach compromises. See this New York Times article for more information about the issue.

Given the extraordinary grass-roots response to these proposals, almost overwhelmingly negative as reflected in all of the comments to this Journal and others on deviantART, this is a political hot potato everyone in politics will now want to stay away from.


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:iconinflat-a-toad:
Inflat-a-Toad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
SOPA's winning this time.
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:icont1m3y-w1m3y:
T1M3Y-W1M3Y Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Not anymore! Otherwise dA wouldn't be here. ^^
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:iconfrontrunningscout:
FrontRunningScout Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Just no.
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:iconsugarup:
SugarUP Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
what the fuck is this shit? this is: internet - inter - international. 
everyone has the right to use the internet, if you take it away from someone that will make the person disconnected from the world, in a world like today, that is a killing.  
stop SOPA and PIPA!
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:iconzujin-arts:
Zujin-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Internet must be free and will be free, f**k the government...
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:iconduskylunafrostbite:
DuskyLunaFrostBite Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT IS COMING ONCE AGAIN.
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:iconhuskylover133:
Huskylover133 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
SOPA and PIPA should screw off!
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:iconemeraldia-the-kitty:
Emeraldia-the-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist


Hooray for Ending SOPA!
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:iconsweetladyamy:
sweetladyamy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
And honestly, I use the anti-copyright tag, meaning anything I produce is NOT licensed to be 'protected', since my ideas and creative work are to be freely shared among others.


Call me a pacifist, a hippy, I really don't give a damn, because this is a free nation, and such garbage like SOPA and PIPA, are murderers.
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:iconjoshdinobarney:
Joshdinobarney Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There's a special place in hell for whomever came up with this SOPA shit
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:iconzim-lovaa:
Zim-Lovaa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOPA should go die in a hole
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:iconccblackmaiden45:
ccblackmaiden45 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Artist
kill it burn it down to hell 
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:iconclaudia-spring:
Claudia-Spring Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
JUST... STOP... SOPA!
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:iconennailaughter:
ennailaughter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
jeez, SOPA really needs to stop...
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:iconglimmeringangel26:
GlimmeringAngel26 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
We must crush SOPA like we did Last time!! It must be killed!! I hate SOPA!!
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:iconphantomhivelen:
Phantomhivelen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sigh... not again. =_= I hope that SOPA goes away. D:< 
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:iconnick-ian:
Nick-Ian Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this post. It is very informative and eye-opening. NO TO SOPA.
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:icongirlsrule98:
Girlsrule98 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist
QUÉ CARAJOS????? 
HAY QUE HACER ALGO, O SINO NOS VAN A ARRUINAR TODO EL BENDITO INTERNET!!
STOP SOPA/PIPA
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:iconintelbunny:
IntelBunny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If we try hard and believe, we can stop SOPA and PIPA. Let's go for it!
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:iconxxzacharywxx:
XxZacharyWxX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I support this entirely. My OCs are my life I don't want them taken away.
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:iconourancommonerscoffee:
Ourancommonerscoffee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Writer
Support your imagination! Stop SOPA 2013!! 
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:iconcrystal-enchanted:
Crystal-Enchanted Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
MUST STOP SOPA!!!
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:iconnikchomp:
NikChomp Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FK THIS SHT
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:iconshadowstar1021:
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hold on.... Is this problem still going on? I...... I just found out about it.... like, an hour ago...... Is this an ongoing problem? This is confusing me....... I see that it is, then I see that it isn't.... What is going on as of July 2013?
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:icont1m3y-w1m3y:
T1M3Y-W1M3Y Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well it was. They tried again TWICE, but obviously they failed on those 2 attempts.
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:iconshadowstar1021:
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now we have TPP on our hands...
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:icont1m3y-w1m3y:
T1M3Y-W1M3Y Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Shit. D:<
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:iconshadowstar1021:
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. The government is determined..
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:icont1m3y-w1m3y:
T1M3Y-W1M3Y Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well thanks a lot government. >:I
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:iconshadowstar1021:
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about it. We both know they will never win.
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:icont1m3y-w1m3y:
T1M3Y-W1M3Y Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah exactly. Never have, and never will. ^^
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:iconspaintomatoe:
Spaintomatoe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOPA and PIPA should not be allowed to block these sites! It's going against our rights and freewill to post most anything we please! :/ Freedom of speech, after all!
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:iconprincessjewel95:
PrincessJewel95 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MUST STOP SOPA!!!
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:icontennebra:
Tennebra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh well. thank arceus this didn't happen. but copyright laws got really strict on the internet.
-___-
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:icondark-anmut:
Dark-Anmut Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank Primus they're not going through with it - I think just about every fan artist on Deviant Art would've stormed The States and massacred everyone responsible for such a ridiculous thing as SOPA and PIPA...
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:iconbratzlife2:
bratzlife2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
DIE SOPA DIE!!!
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:police:STOP SOPA PIPA:police:.
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: watches Super Bowl Streaked on FOX News Fella is saying whoo! im sexy and i know it! with :iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz: is Running to the Super Bowl :iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: laughs :lmao: at the FOX News.
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: watches FOX News Fella is saying woo! im sexy and i know it with :iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz: is Running to the Super Bowl.
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: watches FOX News Fella is saying woo! im sexy and i know it with :iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz: is Running to the Super Bowl.
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: watches Super Bowl Streaked on FOX News Fella is saying whoo! im sexy and i know it! with :iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz: is Running to the Super Bowl :iconkitsurol: and also :iconresherina: laughs :lmao: at the FOX News.
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:iconkitsurol:
Kitsurol Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
SOPA PIPA SuperBowl Streaked. Fella is saying woo! im sexy and i know it with :iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz::iconllama3dplz: is Running to the Super Bowl. SOPA PIPA Super Bowl Streakers.
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:iconschumachergirl1956:
schumachergirl1956 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I would love to join SOPA and PIPA debate please add me to your lists.
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:iconschumachergirl1956:
schumachergirl1956 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I would love to join SOPA and PIPA debate, please add me to your mailing lists.
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:iconhenpo:
henpo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
nice very nice! :)
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:iconwindfirethunderice:
WindFireThunderIce Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Idiots.....we just make art and photography.....other make vids....(like youtube) and those people took that away(tried to)but will never!!!
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:iconbalancebeast:
balancebeast Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
It's truly unconstitutional, as it censors free speech and art. OBEY YOUR (FOUNDING) FATHERS, GOVERNMENT!
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:iconbroshiyoshi:
Broshiyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This whole thing about SOPA and PIPA is going to need to stop this is going to suck if they pass these. The heck with SOPA and PIPA
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:icongodline:
Godline Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
its garbage. ill personally smash the person that puts this through. Why don't we all just crawl into a jar and put the lid on. Take away the right to do what you want the people that do this are going to start a civil war. Artists vs the assholes. The creative vs the insecure. These are people that don't get happiness and want to take from the people that are.
All my life i have grown up with people wanting to place power over me and take from me my love of life. We all have. They think its better. They think its right. The scary thing about it, its all of us that do it. Sure we don't take away power like the people that have the power to, but we all look at each other and feel the fear of judgment and the glance from eyes that want to label you in your freedom. In this moment we all take power in little amounts from each other and forget to just smile and wave and be happy for the person that is different and looks the way they want.

The system is us. We are the system, and fear is the engine in which we all know and have been in since we were born. It's the school we were in and are in. It's the food we take that causes us to be agitated as more and more processed sugars and chemicals we ingest that put us in the state of mind where we can no longer feel calm and at peace. We are what we are, but taking away the art and creativity will be just a start. The internet is the connection to the truth. It allows us the freedom to see what is out their and learn from other instantly. Growing in any way we like. We must learn and seek out our own path and be who we want, and be what we want. We know right from wrong, but as the computer age allows the people of this world to sit at home and not seek adventure we are creating people that hide behind the keyboard and are fearful to seek the adventure within. Deviant art is an amazing place where i love to sit and see the great many pieces of art that you all have done and smile at the creativity within you.

I'm just one person. As you are as well. But we have a choice to stand for whatever we like. All i say is this. Know that we are who we are because we chose to be pushed from the people in power. Vote and change it if you don't like it. Stand and yell at the top of your lungs if you want to be heard. Let your voice sing and cry when you like as no other person can give you what you already have inside of yourself and stand for yourself and you will see the people that will stand, sing, cry and love with you.

We all have a heart. And we all have a brain. What we don't do and should do more is relate to each other, so we can see that we are all the same. You are not your color, you are not your race, you are the same as me and the other people that populate this world. You bleed, you have bones, and you have flesh just like me. So why is it so hard to look at yourself and admit you are weak to others? Well thats for you to decide, but i'm weak because i was raised by parents who were weak, but i looked up to them as perfect and imprinted their weaknesses. That doesn't mean you are weak, it only means you have to learn your own strength within yourself, and stand strong for yourself and the people that chose to stay in their own weakness.

I don't know everything, but i know who i am. And ill be damned if i let some fat bastard take my freedom of creativity from me. This i will die for. I'm not weak, or afraid to say that i grew up with an abusive alcoholic dad that in turn had one himself. I can understand that the abuse that i went through wasn't really my dad because we are not perfect people. The sooner we all can accept that we have a choice within ourselves, the sooner we can smile in the moment and love and accept each other for who we are.

I am Brad Stadnek. Emotion is within me, but i am in this moment with you, and i chose to see you free to make the mistakes that make us human. :) LOVE LOVE LOVE
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please consider signing my petition to preserve freedom of information: [link]

On July 1, Internet Service Providers will take matters into their own hands and do on their own what SOPA and PIPA failed to do, unless we stop them immediately.

:iconkeepinformationfree:
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