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PROTECT-IP and SOPA Break the Internet

Fight for the Future has put up a video that explains eloquently why PROTECT-IP and SOPA break the internet.

Please follow the link at fightforthefuture.org/pipa to contact your Senators.

Stop SOPA and Protect-IP

Vote for the Net is a new campaign where Americans can sign a pledge only to support candidates who oppose SOPA and the PROTECT-IP Act. In the words of the pledge: “In 2012, I will only support candidates who stand for Internet freedom and who oppose the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and SOPA. I will work against any candidate, of any party, who votes to censor and stifle the Internet.”

This site is bipartisan – supporting both Democrats and Republicans who realize what these two acts – in the Senate and the House – would do to the internet.

Another call to action is at Don’t Censor the Net. This site explains how SOPA and PIPA would effectively kill any sites with user-contributed content. This would quite probably mean no Youtube or Facebook. (It would also most likely kill wordpress.com and other blog hosts.)

Many websites, such as Wikipedia and Reddit, will be going black starting at midnight January 18. Please join them in taking these two threats to the internet very seriously.

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Stop Internet Censorship

From OMG!Ubuntu:

The “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) bill, combined with the PROTECT IP Act, will give the U.S. Justice Department the power to force ISPs to block access to any website that is suspected of hosting or linking to copyrighted material.

This means self-declared “rights-holders” will be able to go after the disputed sites’ hosting companies; search engines that do not filter them out; and payment services that support them. As the writer for OMG!Ubuntu put it:

“From YouTube to Wikipedia; if it’s accused then the lights go out.”

All of this will be without due recourse. Apparently, according to the MPAA and other outfits that back this bill, “innocent until proven guilty” is no longer in operation.

To make matters worse: because much of the internet’s hosting and hardware is located within the U.S., SOPA will cause the internet of the rest of the world to be policed by the U.S.

Thankfully, there is opposition. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikimedia and other technology companies have sent an open letter to ranking members of the U.S. Congress, saying in part:

…the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites. We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation, as well as to our Nation’s cybersecurity. We cannot support these bills as written…

The online campaign group Aavaz has an online petition which people from all over the world are being asked to sign. It will be delivered to the U.S. Senate before the bill is voted on later this month:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_d/?ciSZkcb

Another way to fight this censorship is at americancensorship.org.

Please help us fight censorship before it is too late.

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