Obviously I'm against the bills (all I do is repost content).
But if you're unfamiliar with them, here are a couple good primers:
(Khan Academy via Business Insider)
In case you were wondering, here is the list of Senate PIPA cosponsors:
(Campaign for Liberty)
Google had a noticeable logo change:
In case you can't read it (and the PDF is a pain to deal with):
1 — Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, opposed SOPA in an open letter to Congress.(Google)
5 — Internet security experts (Steve Crocker, David Dagon, Dan Kaminsky, Danny McPherson, Paul Vixie) issued a white paper raising serious concerns about the technical approach of PIPA.
9 — Internet and technology companies (including AOL, eBay, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Firefox, LinkedIn, Zynga) sent an open letter opposing the bills and the risks posed to innovation and job creation.
17 — Internet company founders (including Arianna Huffington, Craig Newmark, Jimmy Wales and Sergey Brin) sent an open letter opposing SOPA and PIPA.
39 — Advocacy and public interest organizations (including the ACLU, MoveOn and Consumers Union) voiced their opposition.
41 — Human organizations, including the Center for Media Justice and Reporters Without Borders, sent a letter to express concern for the bills' civil and human rights implications.
55 — Leading venture capitalists issued a letter expressing concerns that PIPA "would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation and hurt American competitiveness."
110 — Law professors sent a letter expressing "serious constitutional, innovation, and foreign policy concerns."
204 — Entrepreneurs sent a letter expressing concern that PIPA and SOPA would "hurt economic growth and chill innovation."
113,000+ — People have petitioned the White House to oppose SOPA and PIPA. The White House issued a commitment to "not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative, global Internet."
887,000+ — members of the American public called Congress to voice their opposition through AmericanCensorship.org.
3,000,000+ — Americans voice their opposition by signing petitions.
Wikipedia's objection/blackout has been well reported.
The MPAA is nuts...
MPAA Calls Anti-SOPA Blackouts A "Gimmick" To Punish Politicians & Turn Us All Into "Corporate Pawns"
"The Motion Picture Association of America cares about you. It doesn't want children to see boobs or hear curse words (though rampant bloodshed is cool) and it doesn't want you to turn into a pawn of the big corporations that it says are really behind today's blackouts at sites like Craiglist and Wikipedia, which everyone knows are both monstrous examples of corporate greed.
In a press release sent out yesterday, the people who hold no sway at all in what gets shown in movie theaters nationwide cut through to the heart of the byzantine conspiracy:
Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today.Because if there is any industry that knows how to differentiate between hyperbole, PR stunts and reality, it's the movie business."
It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
A so-called "blackout" is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this "blackout" to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.
And finally, an interesting take...
DEAR INTERNET: If SOPA Dies, You Have Republicans To Thank For It
"Today an enormous number of Republican legislators are bailing on SOPA, declaring it danger to free expression. As of this writing 26 out of the 29 legislators who came out against SOPA today are Republicans.
Even before today, a lot of the hard-core anti-SOPA voters were fiscal and social conservatives. Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his Senator son, Rand Paul both opposed it along with Justin Amash, Aaron Shock, Michelle Bachmann, and budget-slasher Paul Ryan.
This morning the floodgates really opened. Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio came out against it, Jim DeMint tweeted against it, and Arizona's Ben Quayle even took his name off the list of co-sponsors.
Some of the bills biggest supporters are from the liberal wing of the Democratic party. Just look at the list of Senate co-sponsors. They include Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Al Franken.
Of course the lines aren't entirely that neat. Nancy Pelosi, one of the House's leading liberals opposes SOPA. And John McCain is still listed as a co-sponsor.
But if SOPA is defeated, the internet will be in the odd position of having to thank conservatives first."
(via Business Insider)
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