PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet
Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! - thecenterforrights.org/pipa
PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."
The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.
The Day The LOLcats Died - #SOPA #PIPA Protest Song
SOPA and PIPA are two examples of recent legislation that is lethal to the internet as we know it. The internet rose up and is on its way to successfully fighting them off, but we need to stay vigilant. The only way to prevent legislation like this from being passed in the future is to call your Congressmen and tell them. Make it clear that you don't support SOPA, you don't support PIPA, and that you won't support future legislation that damages the stability of the internet. For more information, visit: http://www.SeattleAgainstSOPA.com http://bit.ly/lifeaftersopa http://stopcensorship.org/ Follow Us on Twitter: Forest Gibson: @ForestGibson Zachary Cohn: @ZacharyCohn Ben Huh: @benhuh Rob Whitehead @RobCWhitehead Alexander JL Theoharis: @Satire David Zimmermann: @davidzimm Molly McIsaac @MollyMcIsaac Gabe Conroy: @Gabrobot Lyrics: A long, long time ago On the world's largest network of interconnected computers, Those lolcats used to make me laugh. And I knew I could make a joke And not be sued by nasty folk On the RIAA's behalf Then along came SOPA/PIPA The internet's very own grim reaper users could not edit Ars Technica and Reddit Tumblr, Gawker, Hacker News, and Something Awful sang the blues, Every login was refused, The day the lolcats died Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies So speak up before the internet dies Speak up before the internet dies Can you write a decent law Do you care 'bout copyright at all? Or just winning back your seat Content will begin to ebb You'll watch the slow death of the web You'll be left with nothing more to tweet Well, I know it's looking pretty grim Cuz' they'll tear our culture limb from limb There's too much damn support Oh this law we must abort Oh-oh we can't let lobbies run amok With our series of tubes and that big dump truck I know some folks who oughta give a fuck The day the lolcats die I hear you singin', Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies So speak up before the internet dies Speak up before the internet dies