Call your Local Congress Rep now to protest SOPA and PIPA: Internet Censorship Bill

Google Logo in Blackout protest against SOPA/PIPA Bill Wednesday, January 18th

The list of websites involved in the Stop Online Piracy Act is growing. The SOPA/PIPA bill is being put before congress in the US in the coming weeks.

Here’s the list.

I know that broadsheet.ie (Irish news site) is in blackout, as is Wikipedia, English version, and Reddit. Google here in the US also has a protest, there is a blackout box over the Google logo when we log on in the US. Mozilla, Flickr, WordPress, and others have joined the protest.

The Huffington Post is also protesting on the “Political” section.

This is all about protecting freedom of speech. If you don’t want your internet censored, call now.

You can also use Twitter.

My local Congressman, Jim Himes, has been inundated with tweets about this topic today. The tweets stretch from a polite discussion, albeit brief, on freedom of speech, to downright insulting.

Twitter user: “@jahimes “if this sopa shit gets thru, I will personally destroy you. This goes for you too @jahimes”
Hime’s response: “Prev tweet by @? is great example of how to lose support for a good cause and give a bad name to freedom of expression. #civility”

Click here to find out who to call in you area.

Wekipedia responds to SOPA/PIPA on Wednesday, January 18th.

Here’s what Wikipedia says you should say on the phone:

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent of [Congressperson’s name].I think H.R.3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is a bad idea, and I hope my Representative will stand against it.This bill is over board, and could be used as a tool for online  censorship. It would be bad for online innovation, and could be misused to take down legitimate online speech.  Even worse, it creates a bad precedent internationally for  fragmenting the Internet.

Thank you for your consideration, and for acting against this dangerous bill.

Even if you are not a US resident,

you can still petition the State Department right here:

http://americancensorship.org/modal/state-dept-petition/index.html

It isn’t over yet!

According to an article on the NBC website,  House to take up anti-piracy bill in February, “The House of Representatives will resume work next month on a controversial bill aimed at stopping online piracy of movies, music and other content, a leading lawmaker said on Tuesday.”

According to Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, “the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was needed to protect American businesses from intellectual property theft, and that legislation would move forward.”

On January 24th The Senate is expected to begin voting on how to proceed in considering its own version of the bill, the NBC article stated.

It just means we have more time to get the word out and keep people informed about a potential loss to Freedom of speech, innovation and sharing on the internet. I don’t make a penny from this blog, but I enjoy sharing information and reading information shared by other bloggers. I don’t want to lose that freedom: Do you?

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