PIPA and SOPA, Internet Freedom — Protest You Must Join!

Today ThisIsOurTime Blog was blockedout in protest of the proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Here is a little bit of information about these threatening legislation that are currently being rushed through Congress :

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

…and here are the concerns with the bills from Understanding the Internet piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA

A. Critics say they would constrain free speech, curtail innovation and discourage new digital distribution methods. NetCoalition, a group of leading Internet and technology companies, says they could be forced to pre-screen all user comments, pictures and videos — effectively killing social media. Search engines, Internet service providers and social networks could be forced shut down websites linked to any type of pirated content.

In addition, critics contend that young, developing businesses and smaller websites could be saddled with expensive litigation costs. And, they contend existing rights holders could impede new investment in the technology sector.

The White House said it would “not support any legislation that reduces freedom of expression … or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

Leahy responded that there is nothing in the legislation that would require websites, Internet service providers, search engines, ad networks, payment processors or others to monitor their networks. He said his bill protects third parties from liability that may arise from actions to comply with a court order.

Michael O’Leary, a senior vice president at the Motion Picture Association of America, a key supporter of the legislation, said his industry is built upon a vibrant First Amendment. “We would never support any legislation that would limit this fundamental American right,” he said. Neither PIPA nor SOPA “implicate free expression but focus solely on illegal conduct, which is not free speech.”

The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy. In their response, the administration stress that the important task of protecting intellectual property online must not threaten an open and innovative internet.

Official White House Response to VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information

Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet

By Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, and Howard Schmidt

Thanks for taking the time to sign this petition. Both your words and actions illustrate the importance of maintaining an open and democratic Internet.

Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning the very real issue of online piracy, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act and the Online Protection and Digital ENforcement Act (OPEN). We want to take this opportunity to tell you what the Administration will support—and what we will not support. Any effective legislation should reflect a wide range of stakeholders, including everyone from content creators to the engineers that build and maintain the infrastructure of the Internet.

While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.

Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small.

Read more…

Continue signing the petition to the White House to Stop the E-PARASITE Act here and ask the White House to VETO the SOPA bill here.

Also call congress now to let them know censorship got no place in our democracy.

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3 Responses to PIPA and SOPA, Internet Freedom — Protest You Must Join!

  1. Norbrook says:

    I have already contacted my congressional represntatives about this. Sad to say, both of my Senators are sponsors of the Protect IP Act, and yes, they’re both Democrats. I have let them know that I am not pleased by this, with precise reasons as to why this is a fatally flawed bill.

    • TiMT says:

      I think there is a lot of lobbying going on from the Entertainment industry that they are trying to sneak it right under our nose. Hell NO! No you can’t Congress. I think the President will Veto such nonsense.

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