Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Web Blackout (SOPA and PIPA protest)

End Piracy, Not Liberty

Millions of Americans oppose censoring the Web with SOPA and PIPA. These two bills before Congress, known in Orwellian Newspeak as the "Protect Intellectual Property Act" (PIPA) in the Senate and the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) in the House, would censor free speech on the Web and impose harmful regulations on business.

Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on Jan. 24, 2012. Make your voice heard. SIGN THIS PETITION urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA while there is still time. YouTube is likely to take the biggest hit as corporations take effective control of the Internet. This is the Web's NDAA.

The biggest Web protest ever

(Huff Post) Over 7,000 websites -- including Wikipedia and Google -- will protest anti-piracy legislation on Jan. 18, 2012. Corporate-friendly legislation is currently making its way through Congress. Sites in opposition to the measures are either "going dark" or posting information to educate visitors about bills H.R. 3261 (SOPA) and S. 968 (PIPA) that will give government and multinational corporations legal control of the Web. ("Fascism" is the wedding of these two bodies). Claiming to curb copyright infringement, they aim to curb a lot more than that. Many may support the bills' alleged intentions. But opponents and civil libertarians are worried that their passage would give government powerful censorship tools threatening free speech:
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