Sopa Strike Paper

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

Corporate supporters of S968 (Protect IP -or- PIPA) and HR3261
(SOPA) demand
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
.” 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
(remember “Monster
“?) considers
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
and supporters
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)

Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA,
MPAA, News
, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex,
Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow
Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert
, Lamar
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up outdated, anti-consumer business models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

more about SOPA, Protect IP (PIPA), and Internet Blacklisting