- Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF.org :
Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the Internet blacklist legislation as a new way to battle online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that this initiative will do little to stop infringement online.
Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!
- EFF.org --> Take Action Now! - Contact Your Reps in Congress
- SOPAOpera.org - track where your Congressmembers stand on PROTECT-IP and SOPA.
- Reddit :
- SOPA/PIPA Supporters:
Frankly, if people in Romania can download my books and enjoy them, more power to them. They weren’t going to pay me anyway.
Any company that is providing great content online in a way that’s easy to use with a fair price has a booming business right now. The people who don’t are trying to fight that future.
So here we have this legislation, with all of these possible harms, to solve a problem that only exists in the minds of people who are afraid of the future. Why should the government be intervening on behalf of the people who aren’t getting with the program?
For a while, music companies were fighting peer-to-peer file sharing. But once Apple came out with iTunes, which was an alternative that was easy to use and fairly priced, it became a huge business. Our policy makers need to encourage the people who get it right, not protect people who clearly didn’t get it right.
Laws like SOPA make us sclerotic as a country, where we have all these extra burdens that provide little benefit. In general it makes America less competitive. If SOPA goes through, it could very well force certain innovative companies to go offshore. There are incumbent industries that will always protest every new technology; but any forward-looking country needs to protect its emerging industries.
Info at the Mozilla.org "blackout" page:
- What's this about?
- Congress is trying to pass legislation that threatens free speech and innovation on the Internet, under the banner of anti-piracy efforts.
- What's at risk?
- The proposed infrastructure would damage the security of the Internet and allow the government extensive censorship abilities.
- The result?
- Your favorite websites, both inside and outside the US, could be blocked based on a single infringement claim, without any due process of law.
- How is it done?
- The US will be able to block a site’s web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran and Syria.
- What about piracy?
- Piracy is a problem but there are better ways to address it that don’t stifle innovation, knowledge and creativity — or give the US such unchecked power over the global Internet.