January 17, 2012

Contact Your Congressman to Vote Against SOPA & the PROTECT IP Act

Today Wikipedia, Google, and others are instituting a "blackout" of sorts to protest and bring attention to some current legislation that is more than capable of destroying the internet as we know it.

Please, read more about the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. 

On the surface, both of these bills may sound like a good idea, but id passed, it won't be long until you can kiss off the internet as a place for free speech.  What would basically happen is that the US would have to eventually have it's own internet.  Gee, doesn't Iran and North Korea do this already?  How well does the internet work for their people?

Please, contact your Representative and you Senator and let them know you don't support either act and you don't think they should either.

You don't have to use either of the links above unless you want to keep them for future use.  Wikipedia has an easy breakout of just your Congressmen based off of your zipcode.

If you just want to fire off a quick and easy form letter, http://americancensorship.org/ can help you out and do the legwork for you.  If you would rather mix and match, like taking that form letter and tweaking it for sending using your Congressman's web contact form, here is the body of that form letter:

I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote "no" on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration.  I urge my representative to vote "no" on SOPA, the corresponding House bill. 

Over coming days you'll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation.  We hope you'll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting "no" on cloture.

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