Proposed censorship of the internet?!   2 comments

I couldn’t believe this when I heard about it, but unfortunatly it appears that such an unfortunate concept is not only being considered but is scheduled to be voted into law in the United States next week. To learn more click here

The video above discusses the Senate version of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In the Senate the bill is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But PIPA is just as dangerous, and now it is moving faster.

PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.

This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

For our friends in the United States please visit http://americancensorship.org/ so that your senators can hear from you.

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Posted January 18, 2012 by Pure Leadership in In this moment

2 responses to “Proposed censorship of the internet?!

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  1. If you follow the money, you can see why Senators are piling up behind SOPA. From July 1, 2005 to June 30 last year, entertainment industry bill supporters contributed 7.2 times as much to their campaigns as opponents.
    An analysis of campaign contributions from key industry groups to members of the U.S. Senate (July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2011) and found that: Entertainment interest groups that support these bills gave 7.2 times as much – $14,423,991- to members of the U.S. Senate. Internet interest groups that oppose these bills gave $2,011,332.

    • Very good point, and as usual you are correct that ‘following the money’ gives us some insight into what influences these proposed bills. What I feel is most important for us to remember about this bill, is that it won’t work-it won’t be passed. Right now there are massive protest happening that include thousands of individual voices as well as the collective voice of Google and Wikipedia. We posted this, not for people to go into fear about what the government may do, but rather to have awareness. With awareness comes the responsibility of action. We, the people are using our voices and government will also be held responsible. It is a miracle that it occurring-and a very beautiful and timely one.

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