Oppose SOPA and PIPA

Speak out for the free and open internet!

Take action to keep the internet free and open. Google and Wikipedia among many others who pride themselves on providing free and open content are against the SOPA and PIPA legislation in their present form. Did you catch Wikipedia and Google blacked out?

See more details on SOPA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more (which is not blacked out) and on PIPA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act. See the inside conversation in the Drupal world at http://drupal.org/search/apachesolr_multisitesearch/sopa. We urge you to contact your representatives and make your opposition to this legislation known. Making your view known to Patrick Leahy might be helpful as he's one of the lead sponsors of PIPA.

I spoke to one of Leahy's staffers today and he told me that he didn't know why Google and Wikipedia were blacked out. He said PIPA would only effect overseas companies. After looking at the PIPA bill more closely and research on Wikipeida it appears he's wrong:

Search engines—such as Google—would be ordered to "(i) remove or disable access to the Internet site associated with the domain name set forth in the [court] order; or (ii) not serve a hypertext link to such Internet site."

See the detail in the bill at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act#cite_note-13, etc. Think of how much work it would be for Google or any hosting service (GoDaddy, HotDrupal, 1and1, your_host_here) to pore through all their content and remove links to "rogue sites."

Also see http://www.savetheinternet.com/pipa-whiplist for PIPA supporters and the lowdown from the Huffington Post.

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