Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
1 — Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, opposed SOPA in an open letter to Congress.5 — Internet security experts (Steve Crocker, David Dagon, Dan Kaminsky, Danny McPherson, Paul Vixie) issued a white paper raising serious concerns about the technical approach of PIPA.9 — Internet and technology companies (including AOL, eBay, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Firefox, LinkedIn, Zynga) sent an open letter opposing the bills and the risks posed to innovation and job creation.17 — Internet company founders (including Arianna Huffington, Craig Newmark, Jimmy Wales and Sergey Brin) sent an open letter opposing SOPA and PIPA.39 — Advocacy and public interest organizations (including the ACLU, MoveOn and Consumers Union) voiced their opposition.41 — Human organizations, including the Center for Media Justice and Reporters Without Borders, sent a letter to express concern for the bills' civil and human rights implications.55 — Leading venture capitalists issued a letter expressing concerns that PIPA "would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation and hurt American competitiveness."110 — Law professors sent a letter expressing "serious constitutional, innovation, and foreign policy concerns."204 — Entrepreneurs sent a letter expressing concern that PIPA and SOPA would "hurt economic growth and chill innovation."113,000+ — People have petitioned the White House to oppose SOPA and PIPA. The White House issued a commitment to "not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative, global Internet."887,000+ — members of the American public called Congress to voice their opposition through AmericanCensorship.org.3,000,000+ — Americans voice their opposition by signing petitions.
As my colleague Nilay Patel said when comparing online piracy to DVD piracy in New York City: It’s “the effective equivalent of blowing up every road, bridge and tunnel in New York to keep people from getting to one bootleg [DVD] stand in Union Square — but leaving the stand itself alone.”Now to my point. The SOPA and PIPA bills are being driven through our government by lobbyists who have been given a mandate to protect private companies and their profits by any means necessary. As a part of a private company that makes its money through content creation and delivery, I understand the sentiment — I just disagree with the solution.SOPA and PIPA are like taking a sledgehammer to something when you need a scalpel. The laws are too far-reaching and too simplistic to accurately police real piracy online, and they have been created by people who either don’t fully understand the Internet or can’t appreciate its value.
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