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Protecting the Internet against PIPA and SOPA

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 21, 2011, 3:06 PM

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This is something everyone here (even those not in the US) should already know about.  Here is an opportunity to add your voice to the opposition.  And in the meantime, because I'm cynical that way, I'd advise making as many backups of data as possible.

From the website Stop Censorship:


"The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) would ruin so much of what's best about the Internet: They will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.

There's a good chance this legislation will pass – but Senator Ron Wyden is a steadfast opponent, and he says he'll try to block it by filibustering if it comes up for a vote.

Sometimes filibusters last hours – or days – leaving Senators reading out of the dictionary or cookbooks to pass the time. But we've got a better idea:

Millions of Americans support Internet freedom. What better way to demonstrate our strength than to ask Senator Wyden to read our names into the record during his filibuster? He's agreed to read censorship opponents' names from the floor of the Senate, and to try to enter the rest into the Congressional Record.

Just fill out the form to stand with Wyden and ask him to read your name on the floor of the Senate. It will also generate a letter to your own lawmakers, asking them to oppose Internet censorship."



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