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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 12:07 AM

An Android app that terrifies the politicans and corporations: Boycott SOPA

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/112579-boycott-sopa-an-android-app-that-terrifies-publishers-and-politicians


[strong]Boycott SOPA: An Android app that terrifies publishers and politicians[/strong]

Armchair activists now have a tool that can transport their SOPA protestations into the real world: Boycott SOPA, an Android app that scans barcodes and tells you whether an object’s manufacturer/publisher is a supporter of the much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act.

If you’ve ever scanned a barcode on your Android phone to look up a book or CD on Amazon, Boycott SOPA works in exactly the same way: First you have to install the ZXing Barcode Scanner app, but then you simply go around pointing your phone’s camera at product barcodes. Boycott SOPA gives you a big red cross if the product is distributed by a SOPA supporter, or a green tick if it’s “clean.” Much to my chagrin, Coca-Cola supports SOPA — but Smirnoff, on the other hand, does not. If you ever needed a sign from Above that you ought to drink more, there it is.

Scanning food isn’t really where Boycott SOPA is at, though: Really, it’s all about scanning books, CDs, movies, and games — products that are protected by massively militant groups like the MPAA, RIAA, and BSA who are spending millions on buying off Representatives to shoehorn SOPA through Congress. If you scan a random selection of media in your DVD rack or bookcase, you’ll be unsurprised to see that almost every object is produced by a company that supports SOPA. It’s worth noting that the app isn’t perfect, though: It relies on a user-curated list of SOPA supporters — a list that isn’t complete nor publicly visible. The app developer claims that the list will be regularly updated.

Technicalities aside, though, the ultimate goal of Boycott SOPA is to change your shopping habits. The idea is that you should scan everything that you buy at the supermarket, and refuse to put any SOPA-backed products into your basket. It’s a very grandiose idea, and in a day and age where shoppers regularly eschew a selection of products on principle (“damn baby-killing multinationals!”), or buy entirely local produce, Boycott SOPA fits right in.


The app itself can be found here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.boycottsopa.android

Note that you also need the app Barcode Scanner, by ZXing to make this work. What you do is you fire up Boycott SOPA, which in turn fires up Barcode Scanner, you scan the UPC barcodes of any products you're thinking of buying, and Boycott SOPA tells you whether their manufacturer supports SOPA or not.

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Reply An Android app that terrifies the politicans and corporations: Boycott SOPA (Original post)
backscatter712 Jan 2012 OP
matt819 Jan 2012 #1
Matariki Jan 2012 #4
sellitman Jan 2012 #2
Vehl Jan 2012 #18
LibertyorDeath Jan 2012 #3
Starry Messenger Jan 2012 #5
tkmorris Jan 2012 #6
MilesColtrane Jan 2012 #7
Heywood J Jan 2012 #8
MilesColtrane Jan 2012 #9
backscatter712 Jan 2012 #10
Vehl Jan 2012 #19
hootinholler Jan 2012 #12
Sgent Jan 2012 #15
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2012 #14
JNelson6563 Jan 2012 #11
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slay Jan 2012 #16
Canuckistanian Jan 2012 #17
WillyT Jan 2012 #20

Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 12:56 AM

1. For those of us who buy online

What we need is a Chrome or Firefox extension that does this checking for online book and music purchases.

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Response to matt819 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:59 AM

4. Brilliant idea!

You should post that as a suggestion/comment at their site: http://nomoresopa.com/wp/

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:03 AM

2. I hope

Someone ports this over to Apple.

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Response to sellitman (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 12:23 AM

18. I doubt Apple would allow it....given that Apple is part of the the BSA which supports SOPA.

Apple, Microsoft and some other major companies are part of the Business Software Alliance that is a major supporter/proponent of SOPA.

The App also lists Apple products supporters of SOPA. The only reason they have not implemented this is that as of now the app gets confused with the word "Apple" (as it can be applied to many products which have the apple fruit in them) The developer has stated that they will be soon releasing a new update to the app which will correctly identify Apple company products.

http://www.bsa.org/country/BSA%20and%20Members/Our%20Members.aspx

members of the BSA

Adobe
Apple
Autodesk
AVEVA
AVG
Bentley Systems
CA
CNC Software - Mastercam
Compuware
Corel
SolidWorks
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
Intel
Intuit
McAfee
Microsoft
Minitab
Progress Software
PTC
Quest Software
Rosetta Stone
Siemens PLM Software, Inc.
Sybase
Symantec
TechSmith
The MathWorks


Kaspersky is the only BSA member company that openly opposed the SOPA, and it left the BSA as a sign of protest.

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:57 AM

3. Thanks backscatter712 !


Just downloaded it..

Rec!

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 02:01 AM

5. Just downloaded.

TY!

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 02:56 AM

6. Sweet app

Thanks backscatter!

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 03:14 AM

7. I guess you'll have to start boycotting eleven million union members too.



Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM)
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As)
Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union (BCTGM)
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)
California School Employees Association (CSEA)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA)
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Federation of Professional Athletes (Professional Athletes)
Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE)
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers)
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)
International Plate Printers, Die Stampers and Engravers Union of North America
International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers (Novelty and Production Workers)
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)
Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA)
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
National Nurses United (NNU)
National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU)[43]
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA)
Seafarers International Union of North America (SIU)
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA)
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
Transportation Communications International Union/International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (TCU/IAM; will merge by 2012)
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United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union (UAW)
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW)
United Transportation Union (UTU)
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (Roofers and Waterproofers)
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
Writers Guild of America, East Inc. (WGAE)

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 08:20 AM

8. I support the right to unionize and collectively bargain

but that doesn't mean I'll let one write my laws outright without consultation or do my thinking for me on what's best for my interests, thank you. The list doesn't mean much to me, considering the actual content of the proposed law.

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Response to Heywood J (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 12:20 PM

9. Can't bear to part with those sweet, sweet free movies and music, hunh?

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:09 PM

10. I can't bear to part with my First Amendment rights, thank you. n/t

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 12:26 AM

19. This has nothing to do with illegal downloads, and everything to do with our rights.

I'll post a new thread that explains why people oppose SOPA and no..its not over downloading illegal stuff.

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:28 PM

12. I simply don't understand what point you are trying to make with that list.

SOPA is a bad law from a technological point of view written very broadly with many of the issues of the DMCA expanded.

If all of those unions are pro-SOPA I suggest they are misinformed.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 06:42 PM

15. Its a tough situation

the creative guilds (actors, movie, etc.) support it, so the others doing it in sympathy.

That being said, its a terrible bill that breaks the internet while doing nothing to stop pirating.

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Response to MilesColtrane (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 04:43 PM

14. I'll stick with the non-collaborationist IWW, thanks.

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:11 PM

11. Wow! That's brilliant!

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 04:40 PM

13. Installed. nt

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 08:05 PM

16. K&R

 

protect the internet - FUCK SOPA!



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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 09:26 PM

17. That's it. I'm switching from Coke to Smirnoff.

Anything for the cause.

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Response to backscatter712 (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 09:12 PM

20. K & R !!!

 




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