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Stop SOPA and PIPA

by Nannette Eaton on January 18, 2012

“As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.” — Jeremy Bentham

Relax, Frances! Our protest today isn’t against soup (in Spanish sopa is soup) or Prince William’s sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton. It’s about a couple of bills working their way through the halls of Congress – the House of Representatives H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate bill S.968 Protect IP Act of 2011 (PIPA) which on their face are well-intentioned measures to combat piracy. However, they are written so broadly it has given the internet’s major players cause for concern for the future of the free and open internet. Google’s statement on SOPA is: “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet. So tomorrow [January 18, 2012] we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”

Other websites are going dark on Wednesday, most notably Wikipedia who will be globally blacking out the English language portion of their site in protest. Wine Harlots would join in, but we are so tech-impaired we’d never get the lights back on. Instead, we are asking you to contact your Senators and Representatives and demand that SOPA and PIPA be killed. Surf over to American Censorship and sign the petition, but please contact your elected officials directly and express your opposition against censorship and for the free and open internet.