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Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web

submitted on January 18, 2012 by tiny2009 in "Member's Lounge"
Oppose SOPA and PIPA to keep the Internet and Buxr free!

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.


Source: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
 

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  • 140191
    bemicmom
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    Posted by bemicmom on January 18, 2012
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 18, 2012
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    You can help by contacting your representative in Congress directly. Enter your zip code and state on this page to get the contact information you need - http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
  • 140205
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 18, 2012
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    I made a minor edit to your post, tiny Smile
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 18, 2012
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      Interesting how it can affect a deal site like BUXR too (in a negative way). Congress must be mad to pass something like this.
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    • tiny2009
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      Posted by tiny2009 on January 18, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Yan, awesome edit! Big Grin
  • 140210
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 18, 2012
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    This is the largest online protest in history
    Timeline - http://sopastrike.com/timeline

    List of participating sites - http://sopastrike.com/

    BTW, mobile wikipedia is up - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/
  • 140212
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 18, 2012
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    Google has published a very interesting infographic:



    Here is the fine print behind those numbers (as explained by Consumerist.com):

    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.


    Sources:
    https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
    http://consumerist.com/2012/01.....mbers.html
  • 140335
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 19, 2012
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    SOPA and PIPA explained (11-minute video)

  • 140532
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 20, 2012
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    Congress has shelved the anti-piracy bills and postponed voting on them as a result of online protests - http://www.usatoday.com/money/.....52698192/1
  • 140596
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 21, 2012
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    Excellent commentary here - http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html
    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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    • tiny2009
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      Posted by tiny2009 on January 21, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you for sharing, HouTex.

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