|Sign the petition. Stop SOPA and PIPA|
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and The Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate will be voted upon January 24th. And if you've been online in the last few days, chances are you've caught wind of these proposed bills to Congress that would effectively censor websites such as Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and more. All in the name of combating Internet piracy, these policies will put social networking tools and search engines under a government scope. As a writer, editor, photographer and blogger I find these notions unacceptable. The Internet is for information and communication; it is not just a cesspool of illegally uploaded material that infringes upon copyright laws. While I take copyright seriously, as all writers and creatives must, I must assert that the right to free speech without censorship is priority one.
Please take the time to get informed on these bills and to respond accordingly.
For more information, please check out the End Piracy, Not Liberty campaign launched by Google. Sign the petition and tell Congress that PIPA and SOPA would destroy the online community.
Many thanks, from a blogger who relies on a readership in an open-internet.