Call to Stop SOPA before Thursday

Please ███████ this bipartisan anti-censorship request! Our earlier activism ███████ stopped legislators from co-sponsoring this ███████!

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) might pass the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday. Piracy of intellectual property is, if a problem at all, a negligible problem (and in fact, some studies show piracy ███████ increases consumer entertainment purchases). ███████ problem is ███████ this legislation can be used by ███████ US to censor ███████ Internet (more than DHS/ICE is already doing using flimsy reasoning). ███████ under SOPA, websites (such as mine) that merely link to controversial content can be held liable for that content. (And what if I link to a site that later becomes controversial without my knowledge!) ███████ Wikipedia is considering temporarily blacking out their site in order to raise awareness of SOPA’s danger.

So call your US House Representative’s local and DC offices against SOPA before Thursday! ███████ politely give them a three-sentence statement: 1) Your name, your occupation (if relevant), and that you’re a constituent (give your state or ZIP code); 2) Two or so reasons explaining why you want your Representative to oppose SOPA (hurts job creation ███████ the reliable technology sector, institutes American Internet censorship not unlike China’s); 3) Say thanks ███████ re-state your point: “I want Representative So-and-so to OPPOSE the Stop Online Piracy Act.” The worker who answers will be polite to you, ███████ don’t have to worry about that.

It’s ███████ a bipartisan issue: currently, among others, notable Democrat Barbara Boxer ███████ notable Republicans Scott Brown and Eric Cantor receive lots of money from organizations opposing SOPA, and notable Republican John Boehner and notable Democrat Harry Reid receive ███████ money from organizations supporting it. So ███████ now there’s a good opening for you to contact your US House Representative as the issue’s still in play.

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(This post has been mildly edited/improved/added to today since its original posting a few hours ago.)

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2 comments ↓

#1 MIT Crime Club on 01.13.12 at 10:51 pm

1. Tribe should be listed as the copyright holder, not as the author. The true first author of a memo published by a Harvard Law professor most often is an unacknowledged employee working for a legal-research service. 2. In matters of copyright law, Tribe, as a publisher, has an understandable (and not unethical) conflict of interest. 3. “Content-based restriction. A restraint on the substance of a particular type of speech.” Black’s Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009). SOPA uniformly restrains a particular type of speech — ‘stolen’ speech — regardless of substance. The author of the memo doesn’t raise or rebut this essential point.

#2 Mihai on 01.19.12 at 5:35 pm

we need to act against those censorship before they succed in there plan to censorship internet and our right for knowledge and a free intenet ,there plan is private our rights and finally to control us entirely so we need to act against them immediately before all this conspiracy became true,thanks

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