Tomorrow, January 18th, many major websites will participate in an online strike to protest two bills currently in Congress – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. We are joining in the strike.
SOPA and PIPA are both poorly worded bills that would ultimately grant too much power to corporations and the U.S. government. Intended to protect U.S. interests from foreign piracy activities, these bills go much further, essentially placing any online activities at risk. Our friend Karen at Doggie Stylish explains possible consequences in detail.
For a great example of how someone like myself could be affected by this bill, please see Edie’s Will My Dog Hate Me. Also, we are hosted on Blogger here; if someone were to take issue with anything involving any one blog hosted by it, Blogger itself could be involved and shut down – thereby affecting CindyLu’s Muse as well.
We do need to craft better protection for U.S. interests against foreign piracy, but these bills are not the answer. Please add your voice in opposition to these bills by visiting Stop American Censorship to see how you can help.
For our part, we will not be participating in either blogging or social media activities on January 18th.
It’s a big deal when CindyLu is silent.
I’ve censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet–a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: http://americancensorship.org/posts/38573/uncensor.
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