STOP CENSORSHIP!

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More about SOPA and PIPA

Members of Congress are trying to do the right thing by going after pirates and counterfeiters but SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to do it.

1. SOPA and PIPA would censor the Web

The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results. That’s why 41 human rights organizations and 110 prominent law professors have expressed grave concerns about the bills.

2. SOPA and PIPA would be job-killers because they would create a new era of uncertainty for American business

Law-abiding U.S. internet companies would have to monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation. That’s why AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to Congress saying these bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.” It’s also why 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness”. More than 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”.

3. SOPA and PIPA wouldn’t stop piracy

To make matters worse, SOPA and PIPA won’t even work. The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control.

There are effective ways to combat foreign “rogue” websites dedicated to copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting, while preserving the innovation and dynamism that have made the Internet such an important driver of American economic growth and job creation. Congress should consider alternatives like the OPEN Act, which takes targeted and focused steps to cut off the money supply from foreign pirate sites without making US companies censor the Web.

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Opposition to the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) grows with each day. This brief list is just a sampling of businesses. Visit the Center for Democracy and Technology’s list for a more complete look at the individuals, organizations, experts and legislators that know how bad this legislation could be.

  1. AOL
  2. Boing Boing
  3. BuzzFeed
  4. CloudFlare
  5. Copyblogger
  6. ConsumerBell
  7. Creative Commons
  8. Curse
  9. Daily Kos
  10. deviantART
  11. Discover
  12. Disqus
  13. DreamHost
  14. Dyn
  15. eBay
  16. Embedly
  17. Engine Advocacy
  18. ESET
  19. Etsy
  20. Facebook
  21. Fantagraphics
  22. foursquare
  23. Gandi
  24. Google
  25. GreenHostIt
  26. HostGator
  27. Hover
  28. I Can Has Cheezburger?
  29. IndieGoGo
  30. Internet Archive
  31. Irregular Times
  32. Jive Software
  33. Kaspersky Lab
  1. Kickstarter
  2. LinkedIn
  3. MetaFilter
  4. Mozilla
  5. Name.com
  6. Namecheap
  7. OpenDNS
  8. O’Reilly Radar
  9. Pastebin.com
  10. PayPal
  11. Quora
  12. Rackspace
  13. Reddit
  14. ReferralCanday
  15. Riot Games
  16. ServInt
  17. Scribd
  18. Teachers Pay Teachers
  19. Techdirt
  20. Torrentfreak
  21. Tucows
  22. Tumblr
  23. Twitter
  24. Ubu Web
  25. Uservoice
  26. Vimeo
  27. Webs, Inc.
  28. Wikipedia
  29. WordPress
  30. Yahoo!
  31. Y Combinator
  32. Zopim
  33. Zynga Game Network
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