Today, when websites across the internet are undergoing voluntary “blackout” in protest of SOPA and PIPA, I urge you to contact your federal legislators and tell them that you want them to oppose these bills. SOPA and PIPA, in an attempt to address piracy issues on the internet, takes a sledgehammer to the first amendment – threatening to censor thousands of pages of information should a website post or even merely link to a single page that infringes upon copyrights. While piracy is wrong, to throw out the first amendment to fight it is absurd. Read about the bills yourself here.
Wikipedia, who has blackout’d their English pages, had the following to say about SOPA: “Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.”
Ron Paul is one of the few political leaders taking an active stand against SOPA stating,”they want to take over the internet, can you imagine how much we’re going to be curtailed in the spreading of our information if we lose the internet?”