As you may have heard, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill that is trying to be passed that will censor the Internet, and hand the keys over to the US Federal Government for control.

Quote from Wikipedia:

The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.

GoDaddy has chosen to support SOPA, and consequently has lost 802Subaru’s business.

What does this mean for 802Subaru? Nothing!

We are simply moving our domain name registration over to a different registrar; and if you’re curious our web host (DreamHost) is also anti-SOPA.

Why is 802Subaru taking this stance? Our fearless leaders believe in innovation, in the automotive world and in the technology sector, including the Internet. SOPA paves the way for warrantless bullying from the DoJ and that goes against our beliefs as a group.

If you’re a website owner and you manage the domain name and or hosting, we’d like to suggest switching to DreamHost and using promo code “802SUBARU” – we’re offering a free life-time domain registration with that code and a discount off of the hosting services. More details are in the forum.

Win a $50 gas card

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For non-members and members alike! Who wouldn’t want a free tank of gas? To show our appreciation for all those who appreciate our existence, we’d like to offer everyone a chance to win a $50 gas card. Tickets will be available online and in person starting on this Saturday 12/10/2011 and the drawing will be held on Saturday 1/7/2012. Members will of course enjoy a couple extra perks outlined below and if you’re a “highly active” member on our forums here, then you’ll get to enjoy even more perks! Here’s the breakdown:

+ Tickets are a flat $5 per ticket for both members and non-members
+ Registered forum members (before 12/10/2011) will receive an additional free ticket with the purchase of at least one ticket
+ If you have 10+ (ten or more) posts on this forum before 12/10/2011 then you will receive an additional free ticket with the purchase of at least one ticket (this is at the discretion of the admins, just don’t go posting ten “bumps”)

So if you’re a registered member on this site AND you have ten or more relevant posts on this forum before 12/10/2011 AND you’ve already purchased at least one ticket, then you’ll be holding three tickets for the price of one.

In case you’re asking “where’s the money going?” This raffle is being donated by the admins and our hope is to use its proceeds for future raffles and club-sponsored events. We (the admins) are not being reimbursed by the proceeds; we’re doing this to attempt to spark member involvement and to build a stronger community. ALL proceeds are going to be tracked for club-related expenses only. So please participate! Then we can hold more raffles and other events (probably with food!).

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