Fight For A Free (as in Freedom) Internet

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The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) - called the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate -- is unfortunately gaining steam. This proposed legislation could very well take away our online freedoms, curtail #startups, and is antithetical to a democratic nation. As it looks right now, this has a strong chance of passing and becoming a Bill. If it does, say goodbye to democratic communication and innovation on the Internet.

If you have not contacted your elected representatives to voice your concern over this proposed legislation, then take the time to do so now. If you believe in an Open and #FreeInternet, then this legislation must be stopped.


Note: Remember how bills are made in the US? The House puts forth its version of a bill, the Senate puts forth their version, and then if both pass within their respective chambers, the legislation gets reconciled and sent to the President as a single bill for signature or veto.

Well PIPA -- the Protect IP Act -- is the Senate's version of SOPA. Although we have been generically calling our fight for an open and free Internet a fight against SOPA, in reality, their are two prongs that must be addressed.

The SOPA and PIPA Resource Page

Here are the most recent updates on this issue:

2012 News

Update for January 4, 2012

Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter considering “nuclear option” to protest SOPA: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/111543-google-amazon-facebook-and-twitter-considering-nuclear-option-to-protest-sopa

2011 News

Update for December 24, 2011

According to Fight For the Future website, GoDaddy Still Supports PIPA: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/GNtR4xMDWbL

Has the Bell Tolled for GoDaddy? https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/j2AsSGqytkb

Update for December 23, 2011

A nice find from +Matt Cutts. A list of the co-sponsors of SOPA and PROTECT IP: https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202/posts/D8VH7AB5hqk

Update for December 22, 2011

A nice SOPA status update from +Alexander Howard, A Status Update on SOPA from Washington: https://plus.google.com/107980702132412632948/posts/N1igQsDZs4D

ht to +Colin Lucas-Mudd for this find, All the Companies Supporting SOPA: http://gizmodo.com/5870241

Before there was SOPA: My thoughts on Who Should Own the Internet?: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/WH79fzFvnqV

Update for December 20, 2011

SOPA Vote Postponed -- Once Again!: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/4Sd8uJd9oUE

Update for December 19, 2011

Comparison of #SOPA, #PIPA, and Congressman Darrell Issa's #OPEN alternative bill: http://www.keepthewebopen.com/sopa-vs-open

Sponsors of SOPA Act Pulled in 4 Times as Much in Contributions from Hollywood than Silicon Valley: http://maplight.org/content/72896

A helpful guide to the legislative process. Infographic: How a Bill Actually Becomes a Lawhttp://www.good.is/post/infographic-how-a-bill-actually-becomes-a-law/

Update for December 19, 2011

Show Your Congressperson How You Feel About SOPA: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/US6X66c1TXT

A Fleeting Victory of Derailing SOPA?: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/aR4u3uYrqDU

Update for December 16, 2011

SOPA interest by the numbers (and the end of the hearing): http://gigaom.com/2011/12/16/sopa-interest-by-the-numbers-and-the-end-of-the-hearing/

Update for December 15, 2011

Big Internet Founders Voice Their Opposition to SOPA: an open letter to Washington: http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf

What's Next if SOPA Passes? https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/FQYbyyAZp1b

Update for December 13, 2011

SOPA is up for vote this Thursday and it looks like it may pass. See this new G+ post of mine for actions you should take right now: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/8cFfSS7T1YN

Update for December 12, 2011

Here's a great initiative to send Congress a clear message about how many of us work in the Internet-space: http://iworkfortheinternet.org/

Update for December 8, 2011

A good overview to read if you're just learning about this legislation: 'SOPA' Internet Piracy Bills in Congress Threaten Core Values http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/sopa-internet-censorship-anti-piracy-bills-congress/story?id=15108326&singlePage=true#.TuI3n5i8rTB

What America’s piracy act means for business and innovation [Infographic]: http://memeburn.com/2011/12/what-americas-piracy-act-means-for-business-and-innovation-infographic/

This is a key initiative. Critics of SOPA copyright bill ready counterattack: http://www.keepthewebOPEN.com/

An article explaining the above initiative: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57338178-281/critics-of-sopa-copyright-bill-ready-counterattack/

A glimpse at what the Bill in action may look like: US judge orders hundreds of sites "de-indexed" from Google, Facebook https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/91gHjbLj66X

Update for December 3, 2011

SOPA Censorship Bill on the Colbert Report: http://fightforthefuture.org/colbert-sopa/

Update for November 22, 2011

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/11/sopa-protectip.html


Here is the original list of resources I put together to educate people on the insanity of this proposed legislation:

1. Help Protect Internet Innovation: http://www.usv.com/2011/11/help-protect-internet-innovation.php

/via +Esther Dyson on Twitter /by +Albert Wenger

2. Infographic -- American Internet Censorship is Real and Happening -- Stop it!: http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html

3. Tumblr, Firefox and Reddit Censor Websites to Protest SOPA: http://mashable.com/2011/11/16/sopa-tumblr-firefox-reddit/

/by +Mashable

4. This Congressman Wants To Destroy The Internet As We Know It: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-man-behind-the-internet-censorship-that-will-probably-pass-bill-has-sketch-written-all-over-him-2011-11

/by +Business Insider

5. At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for "pro-pirate" Google: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/11/at-web-censorship-hearing-congress-guns-for-pro-pirate-google.ars

6. Kickstarter's take -- Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act:
http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/stop-the-stop-online-piracy-act

7. A letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga: http://politechbot.com/docs/sopa.google.facebook.twitter.letter.111511.pdf

8. Blog posting on NPR -- Proposed Piracy Legislation Puts Internet Giants On Defensive: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/16/142401221/proposed-piracy-legislation-puts-internet-giants-on-defensive

9 A New York Times op-ed piece, Stop the Great Firewall of America: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/opinion/firewall-law-could-infringe-on-free-speech.html?scp=1&sq=firewall-law-could-infringe-on-free-speech&st=cse

10. Vint Cerf: The government is going overboard in Internet copyright control: http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/14/vint-cerf/

11. A site that let's the public mark-up the #SOPA legislation:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/text

12. Sign the online petition to stop the insanity: http://americancensorship.org/



Finally, if SOPA/PIPA Bill passes, what should you do? Start by boycotting those who supported it. See this G+ post: https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/YTvn6CHfQnH

#SOPA #PIPA #freedom #privacy #FreeInternet
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