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Wikipedia goes dark for 24 hours in protest of SOPA, raising the question: do they expect people to go to libraries like common masturbators? (7:09)

[THEME MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWARTMENT WE'VE

GOT A GOOD ONE FOR YOU TONIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, OH, YOU'RE

GOING TO LIKE, THIS OUR GUST

TONIGHT, YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE,

THIS NEW NEW YORK "THE TIME OF OUR TIMES

COLUMN NEST JOE NOCERA.

WE'RE GOING TO YELL AND THROW

THINGS.

I'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THIS

SOPA, SOPA.

SOPA THIS, SOPA THAT.

I'M LIKE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

THEN IT HIT ME.

THERE'S AN EASY WAY TO FIND OUT,

THE OLD LAPTOP.

[LAUGHTER]

SO I'LL JUST LOOK IT UP.

>> WIKIPEDIA, OF COURSE, ONE OF

THE MOST POPULAR SITES ONLINE.

IT'S BLACKED OUT TODAY FOR 24

HOURS.

WIKIPEDIA AND OTHERS ARE GOING

DARK.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: MAHURIN.

MAMA.

>> WIKIPEDIA'S GONE DARK.

WHAT DO THEY EXPECT US TO DO, GO

TO THE LIBRARY?

LIKE A COMMON MASTURBATOR.

WHAT IS THIS, 2009?

BUT I HAD TO FIND OUT ABOUT

SOPA.

AND WITH WIKIPEDIA DOWN, I HAD

NO CHOICE BUT TO TURN TO A

NOTORIOUSLY UNRELIABLE SOURCE...

SORRY.

THE NEWS.

>> TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR

SMITH INTRODUCED A BILL IN THE

HOUSE CALLED THE STOP ONLINE

PIRACY ACT.

IT'S CALLED SOPA.

THE BILL IS DESIGNED TO KEEP WEB

SITES FROM POSTING COPYRIGHTED

MATERIAL ILLEGALLY.

AND IT WOULD ALLOW THE AMERICAN

GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY SHUT DOWN

WEB SITES THAT DO THIS.

>> Jon: WHAT?

SHUT 'EM DOWN?

THAT'S A LITTLE DRACONIAN,

ALTHOUGH TO BE FAIR, ACCORDING

TO LAWYERS THAT HAVE CONTACTED

US FREQUENTLY ALL DAY, IT

DOESN'T SHUT DOWN YOUR WEB SITE

AND REMOVE IT FROM THE INTERNET.

IT JUST MAKES IT SO THAT PEOPLE

CANNOT IN ANY WAY ACCESS THE WEB

SITE.

SO IT'S SORT OF LIKE COMING UP

WITH PLAN TO PREVENT TEEN

PREGNANCY THAT INCLUDES FILLING

PENISES WITH CEMENT.

[LAUGHTER]

THEY'RE STILL THERE.

YOUR PENIS IS STILL THERE.

JUST NOBODY CAN GET AT IT.

NOW, OF COURSE, AS OF NOW,

EVERYBODY IS THINKING THAT WAS A

RIDICULOUS RULE THAT.

PROVISION HAS BEEN SCALED BACK.

THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE OF

SOMEWHAT TROUBLING ISSUES,

THOUGH.

>> INDIVIDUALS WHO STREAM

COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL COULD FACE

CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND PRISON

TIME.

>> IF YOU RUN AN INTERNET SITE,

FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSTING

SAY TEN PIECES OF COPYRIGHTED

MUSIC.

>> WHOA.

THAT'S ROUGH.

YOU KNOW WHAT, HOW CAN I EXPRESS

THAT?

LET ME SEE IF I CAN PUT THIS IN

MORE DRAMATIC TERMS.

IF YOU STREAM COPYRIGHTED MUSIC,

YOU COULD GO TO JAIL FOR FIVE

YEARS.

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

DRAMATIC CHIPMUNK IS RIGHT.

REST EASY.

THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE IT AND ARE

SUPPORTING IT ARE EXPERTS.

YOU CAN STOP WORRYING, RIGHT?

BILL SUPPORTER REPRESENTATIVE

MEL WATTS.

>> FROM MY PERSPECTIVE JUST AS

AN OLD COUNTRY BOY, AND, YOU

KNOW, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I CAN

UNDERSTAND THIS COMPLEX STUFF,

WE NEED PARALLELS ON THE

VIRTUAL... IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD

TO WHAT WE HAVE IN THE REAL

WORLD WORLD, AND I THINK THIS

BILL DRAWS THE APPROPRIATE

BALANCE.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE NO [BLEEPED]

IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

YOU SAID YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

HE SAID.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

THAT'S OKAY.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

YOU'RE ONLY... I WOULDN'T WORRY

ABOUT IT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT

TOO MUCH.

YOU'RE ONLY THE RANKING MEMBER

OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

SUBCOMMITTEE.

HEY, DOES ANYONE ON THESE

COMMITTEES CHARGE WITH

REGULATING THE INTERNET

UNDERSTAND HOW ANY OF THIS

INTERNET STUFF WORKS?

>> I'M NOT A NERD.

>> I AM NOT A NERD.

>> I'M JUST NOT ENOUGH OF A

NERD.

>> MAYBE WE OUGHT TO ASK SOME

NERDS WHAT THIS THING REALLY

DOES.

>> LET'S HAVE A HEARING, BRING

IN THE NERDS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: REALLY?

NERDS?

I THINK ACTUALLY THE WORD YOU'RE

LOOKING FOR IS "EXPERTS."

TO ENLIGHTEN YOU SO YOUR LAWS

DON'T BACKFIRE AND BREAK THE

INTERNET.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

AND BY THE WAY, WHEN DID

CONGRESS TURN INTO OGRE.

BY THE WAY, I'M BEING TOLD THAT

THE USE OF THAT CLIP IS AN

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUE.

NOW, LET ME ADDRESS FOR A LITTLE

BIT NOT THE LAWMAKERS, BUT THE

PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE

STEALING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL,

BECAUSE THAT IS A REAL ISSUE,

ESPECIALLY FOR STRUGGLING

ARTISTS TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING.

THESE PEOPLE WHO PIRATE CLIPS OF

COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL FOR THEIR

OWN FINANCIAL GAIN ARE

PARASITES.

FEEDING ON THE WORK OF OTHERS SO

THEY MAY THRIVE, AND I KNOW

EVERYONE IS RIGHTLY CONCERNED

ABOUT THE ARTISTS WHO CREATED

THE MATERIAL.

BUT NOT ENOUGH IS SAID ABOUT THE

DAMAGE THIS DOES TO THE ARTISTS

PARENTS, COMPANY, OWNERS,

MASTERS, THE VIACOMS OR THE

TIMES WARNER OR THE NEWSCORPS OR

DISNEY.

WHO BESIDES THEIR LEGAL

DIVISIONS HAVE NO ONE TO SPEAK

FOR THEM.

YOU KNOW, WHEN I SEE A GREEDY,

FREE-LOADING STOOGE WHO LACKS

THE CAPACITY TO CREATE HIS OWN

ORIGINAL CONTENT AND STEALS FROM

OTHERS AND RATIONALIZES IT BY

CLAIMING FAIR USE, IT MAKES ME

[BLEEPED] SICK.

ONE COULD ONLY SPECULATE WHAT

BASING YOUR SUCCESS AROUND SUCH

A SHADY BUSINESS PRACTICE COULD

DO TO A PERSON OVER A PERIOD OF

SAY 13 YEARS.

MY GUESS IS IT WOULD SOMEHOW

ACCELERATE THE AGING PROCESS,

RENDERING THE PERSON...

[LAUGHTER]

[APPLAUSE]

MY GOD.

AND THAT'S WHEN I SMOKED.

MAKES YOU LONG FOR A WORLD WHERE

PEOPLE RESPECTED THE WORKS OF

OTHERS.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THAT

WORLD WOULD BE LIKE.

♪ IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE ♪♪

WAIT, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!

EVEN AS A JOKE WE DON'T HAVE

JOHN LENNON COPYRIGHT MONEY.

BY THE WAY, IF YOU POST ANY OF

THIS ON YOUTUBE, YOU WILL BE

HUNTED DOWN AND SUED.

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