Stealing this from the lovely c_hrista
because it was a gorgeous post.
Instead of staying silent for twelve hours in protest of SOPA/PIPA, I'm using my time to be a little more active with my protesting. When I asked (yesterday, on Facebook) about who would be participating in the Blackout today, there were very few responses -- and a lot of people didn't know anything about SOPA/PIPA at all.
But I think it's really wonderful that big-name websites like Wikipedia
and LOLCats (I Can Haz Cheezburger)
, the Oatmeal
and even Google
are either going on strike or posting A LOT of information about what's going on.
If you google "SOPA Blackout", there are 81 million plus results
. It's been interesting to read how other professional agencies are responding (the Motion Picture Association of America is apparently against the blackout, for example).How can you help?
Check out SOPA Countdown
, and then Click here to visit their forums
to request a meeting with your senator. Senators are trying to avoid meeting with constituents during the recess, so we need senators' offices to get swamped with requests so they can't ignore them.
There are plenty of petitions going around to garner attention for the bills. SOPA Strike
, American Censorship
HERE ARE MORE INFORMATIONAL LINKS:SOPA/PIPA One-Pager
: Here's a quick overview of what makes SOPA/PIPA so dangerous.Wired For Change
: Here's another overview that explains the repercussions of passing SOPA/PIPA.Growing Chorus of Opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act
: This website shows a bunch of letters that have been sent to Government officials highlighting WHY individuals/organizations/companies are against SOPA.Reddit's Examination of SOPA/PIPA
: Probably the most in-depth explanation I've seen so far.
I can't stress the importance of actually letting your Senators know about why this isn't a good idea. The best example? Senator Cardin, one of PIPAs OWN SPONSORS is no longer voting for it because he heard from so many of his constituents
. Apparently, Senator Cardin has revoked his approval, and Senator Mikulski probably SHOULDN'T vote for it because a lot of money Maryland gets is for technology grants/funding.Want to know who supports what? Here's a quick list:Supporters of PIPA and SOPA:
RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)Opponents of PIPA and SOPA:
Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) (GUYS THAT'S MY CONGRESSMAN
), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)
lol, I know which of those lists I care more about.
And just for fun, have a parody song:
(which could be considered copyright infringement under SOPA/PIPA's laws):
FUN FACT. (lol thanks to twitter. WHICH WOULD BE GONE UNDER SOPA BTW)
"Under SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song. One year more than the doctor who killed him."