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  1. Striking against Censorship

    January 18, 2012 by Jo

    Today, we are striking against censorship

    Join the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!

     

    I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote “no” on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration.  I urge my representative to vote “no” on SOPA, the corresponding House bill.Over coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation.  We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture.

    Don’t have any idea what this is about? Watch this video and get up to date:

     

    PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

    Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa

    PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

    The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

     

     

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    Learn More:

    Watch the video · American Censorship page · View the Infographic
    Read SOPA on OpenCongress · Read PIPA on OpenCongress

    The three most definitive articles on SOPA and PIPA: Free Speech, Problems, Security