Call your congressmen and get them to vote this down before we’re all out of luck!
Have you heard of SOPA? It’s the Stop Internet Piracy Act and it’s Congress’ way of trying to police the Internet to stop copyrighted material from getting put out for free. Seems like a good deal, right?
The act would essentially shut down ANY website that so much as links to copyrighted material. That means bye-bye Facebook, bye-bye Youtube, Tumblr and even Twitter if the government felt like it. The act would essentially ruin startups and force thousands of people out of jobs.
Finally, SOPA would also disrupt the way the Internet is secured, making it easier to hack for digital terrorists out there.
Basically passing SOPA would ruin everything. So call your local politicians and make sure they’re voting “no” on these acts! We need the Internet and the government is ruining it. Here’s the official word from the opposers:
Opponents of a bill designed to protect the rights of film companies and music labels say it could be perverted to censor the Internet in the United States.
Hearings in the House of Representatives on the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) began Wednesday, sparking a campaign by dozens of companies to keep the bill from becoming law.
“We support the bill’s stated goals,” says an open letter signed by nine Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL and eBay.
“Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities.”
The companies believe the government should “consider more targeted ways to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites dedicated to copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting.”
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