Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA and PIPA Day

Today many sites including WikipediaGoogleCheezburgerRedditMozilla, and WordPress either are blacked out or have conspicuously changed their appearance to alert the public to a terrifying federal power grab — the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA), two proposed laws that would allow Big Government to press a pillow to the face of the Internet on the pretext of stopping online piracy.
If there is one thing that the left and the right can agree on, it is that the Internet is doing fine without micromanagement by petty tyrant bureaucrats. Unless you want your online experience to become as stultified as watching public television, let your representative know how you feel. The existence of this site and thousands of others is at risk.

Update: Looks like they might be getting the message-

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – who was a co-sponsor of an anti-piracy bill that’s caused an uproar on the Internet – said Wednesday that he’s pulling his support for the Protect IP Act.

In a post on his Facebook page, the freshman senator said he initially signed on to the legislation because he believed it was necessary to combat online piracy and intellectual theft. Though the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously, Rubio said he’s since then heard “legitimate concerns” whether PIPA would be overly restrictive for Internet companies


Adrienne said...

Wiki going dark is one thing - Cheezburger is serious s**t.

Pondside said...

It amazes me that this could go so far. While it is US legislation it would have terrible impact world wide. I hope it is stopped.


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