On 11/16, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.
This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same.
Join all of us on the 16th to stop this bill.
The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.
Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users
It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.
Chaos for the Internet
Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.
How you can help
On Wednesday 11/16 there will be an Internet-wide day of protest against the Internet Blacklist bill. Can you participate?
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Do you run a website? Join us on November 16 to stop this law!
Be a part of American Censorship Day
Grab the code below to 'censor' your website logo.
Email us to add you to the list of participating sites:
On midnight November 16, post the code to your site.
Code to 'censor' your website logo
Simply include this image link code in the html for your site. A black censored bar will appear. Use the absolute positioning parameters to place the bar over your logo. Use width and height parameters to fit it to your site. That's it! You can also modify our image yourself if you prefer, and link to the same URL that appears in the code above.
"Censor" your own logo for this day of action
This 'stop censorship' message leads to a page where users will contact their congressional representatives. Here's how it looks:
"These bills were written by the content industry without any input from the technology industry. And they are trying to fast track them through congress and into law without any negotiation with the technology industry."
"[SOPA would] overturn the long-accepted principles and practices [of the DMCA] in favor of a one-sided enforcement mechanism that is far more broad than existing law while not attempting to protect the rights of anyone accused of copyright infringement."
"It contains provisions that will chill innovation. It contains provisions that will tinker with the fundamental fabric of the internet. It gives private corporations the power to censor. And best of all, it bypasses due legal process to do much of it."
"The main "enforcement" mechanism in these bills is to put liability on third party service providers coming from the tech industry, undermining the safe harbors of the DMCA and the legal framework that has allowed tons of important internet platforms to evolve."