The Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa)

Stop Online Piracy Act

The internet is THE job creation platform of the 21st century because it allows local small businesses and entrepreneurs to efficiently sell their goods and services across the globe. Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House threaten to undermine that platform by denying business owners that use the internet the right to due process of law.

Unfortunately, most people and small business owners are not even aware of SOPA & PIPA, much less the threat they pose. These days the internet impacts just about every business, and it’s important that local business owners learn more about how Congress may further regulate the internet.

I want to thank HueyPriest for posting this on Reddit. I think more people need to wake up to what’s currently in front of us. I’m not a big fan of this legislation, I don’t want to see it go through, and while I obstain from political commentary on this blog, I’m willing to make this exception because I feel very strongly about this.

SOPA fills me with the sort of dread I get in the pit of my stomache. When I hear talk of SOPA, I imagine the images from a library burning, and I couldn’t imagine a greater crime against society with something like that.

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Berlin. May 10, 1933.

I don’t want to be a part of a society that’s okay with a book burning, either real or imagined.

Here is an open letter from prominent tech entrepreneurs, including the founders of google, Twitter, Youtube, Huffington Post, Craigslist, Yahoo!, paypal, and eBay.

If you’re not sure how this bill could effect you, here’s an easy to understand explanation by Adam Savage from Mythbusters explains how SOPA could destroy the internet as we know it.

If you have a blog or website of your own, please let me know here, and I come visit you and publically thank you.

Genevieve says:

A friend of mine posted on FB this morning the following letter she received from some anti-SOPA organizers:

“Happy Holidays — we have some great news to share.

We’ve just won two huge battles in the fight against Internet censorship — everything you are doing is working! First off, the House of Representatives failed to move SOPA out of committee! Why? Because their offices got swamped with phone calls and overwhelmed by the snowballing opposition. Thank you for helping make that happen.

Second, in response to the boycott of GoDaddy, the web hosting company just made a public announcement that it’s dropping its support of SOPA. Amazing what you have made happen.

Yet, we can’t let GoDaddy off the hook just yet. GoDaddy supports the Senate version of SOPA, called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The boycott has to continue.

Please join us in holding GoDaddy accountable, until they drop any and all efforts to support not just SOPA, but also its Senate cousin, PIPA. The boycott already worked to get GoDaddy to change their position on SOPA, now we urgently need to hear from GoDaddy about PIPA too.

So what’s next?

The PIPA bill is still alive and strong in the Senate, and could be voted on in January. Like SOPA, it threatens free speech, innovation, and the basic structure of the Internet.

Keep transferring your domains from GoDaddy until they fully come out against PIPA and SOPA. They need to send a letter to Congress making their opposition to both bills clear.

Thank you for all that you do — it is working!

Tiffiniy & Phil

Fight for the Future”

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So, still a big fight ahead re: Protect IP, but it sounds like that’s good news re: SOPA. For now, at least.

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