Important! Read This: SOPA is a Red Herring
This site has gone dark (well, kinda dark) today in protest of
the U.S. Stop
Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA). The U.S. Congress
is about to censor the Internet, even though the vast majority of
Americans are opposed. We need to kill these bills to protect our
rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. Learn more at AmericanCensorship.org
Corporate supporters of S968 (Protect IP -or- PIPA) and HR3261
the ability to take down any web site that affects their
profits — without prior judicial oversight or due process — in the
name of combating “online
piracy.” Hoping you won’t notice or care, quite a few of
your Public Servants (MOC) are working toward giving them that right.
Believe it or not, Monster
Cable (remember “Monster
craigslist a “rogue site” for blacklisting and takedown under PIPA
– apparently resale of stereo cables by CL users reduces Monster’s
sales of new cables. (reddit).
PIPA and SOPA authors
insist they’re only after foreign piracy sites, but Internet
Engineers understand this is an attempt to impose “Big Brother” control
over our Internet, complete with DNS
hijacking and censoring search results.
could be more anti-American than jack-booted thugs throttling our free
speech, poisoning that greatest of American inventions, the Internet,
while devastating perhaps our most successful and competitive industry?
There’s got to be a better way to sell more stereo cables.</RANT>
Tell Congress you OPPOSE S. 968 “Protect IP Act” (PIPA)
3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA)★
Robocall ALL pro-PIPA and pro-SOPA MOC + Key Lobbyists
(Genius! More on Ars
your Member of Congress via nifty Progressive Change app
- Contact Senators who are refusing
to meet with constituents about PIPA.
- EFF Congressional
Emailer – Oppose Internet Blacklisting (PIPA & SOPA)
- ECA Congressional
Emailer – Don’t Censor Our Internet!
- OpenCongress Congressional
Emailer – Oppose SOPA
- Generic Congressional
Emailer (You’ll need your Zip+4)
Congress – Protect Innovation, Dump SOPA (Progressive Change )
- Outside the US? Sign
Petition Opposing US Censorship of Global Sites (EFF)
Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA,
Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex,
Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow
Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert
Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)
Opponents of PIPA and SOPA:
Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human
Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)
does your Member of Congress stand on PIPA and SOPA?
(Project SOPA Opera)
PIPA and SOPA Are Too Dangerous To Revise, They
Must Be Killed Entirely
needs to hear from you, or these dangerous
bills will pass – they have tremendous lobbying dollars
behind them, from corporations experts say are attempting to prop
up outdated, anti-consumer business models at the expense of
the very fabric of the Internet — recklessly unleashing a tsunami of
take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora’s jar of “chilling
effects” and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences.
There is still time to be heard. Congress
is starting to backpedal on this job-killing, anti-American
nonsense, and the Obama
administration has weighed in against these bills as drafted,
cannot be fixed or revised — they must be killed altogether.
Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep Ron Wyden
(D-OR) are championing
an alternative to SOPA/PIPA called Online Protection and
Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) that addresses
foreign sites dedicated to piracy, without disrupting basic Internet
protocols, or threatening mainstream US sites like craigslist.
Tim O’Reilly, a publisher who is himself subject to piracy, asks
whether piracy is even a problem, and whether there is even a
legitimate need for any of these bills.
Chorus of Opposition to PIPA and SOPA
Letter against SOPA from 83 Prominent Internet Engineers
SOPA and Protect IP (PIPA) are Bad, Bad Ideas (Techdirt)
not a problem, PIPA and SOPA are unnecessary (Tim O’Reilly on
and SOPA News (Google News)
Wikipedia entry ::::: SOPA