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Internet Censorship Battle Jan 19/12 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:50

Internet Censorship Battle Jan 19/12

NOTICE THAT TODAY 1/18 there is NO WIKIPEDIA & google has gone dark.

There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren't true.

This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1

This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet ‹ a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.

Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to this censorship bill.

And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation.

Take action:

Learn more about this campaign

Stop internet censorship!

Dear Olivia,

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would end the internet as we know it.

If it passes, the "Protect IP Act" (and its companion bill in the House, "SOPA") could put people in jail for uploading a video to YouTube, and would severely limit our right to free speech.

This legislation is so potentially damaging that today we are blacking out the CREDO Action website in protest and urging our website visitors to tell Congress to vote no on these bills.

CREDO's joining our allies like MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge as well as internet companies like Wikipedia, Mozilla, and Wordpress (among hundreds of other sites) in this national day of action against this legislation.

CREDO members have already made over 8,000 calls and sent over 40,000 petition signatures to the Senate, but we can't let up now. On this national day of action, we need to make sure the Senate knows that we need them to protect the internet.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren't true.

This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1

This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet ‹ a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.

Internet companies including Google, Mozilla, Facebook, and Twitter, say that "the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites."2

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to the legislation. And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation. No matter whether your senators are Republicans or Democrats, it is important that you urge them to take a stand for internet freedom.

We need your senators to come out in opposition to this bill and vote against internet censorship.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.


Thank you for taking a stand against internet censorship.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

P.S. On this national day of action against internet censorship, it is important that as many people get involved as possible. Can you forward this email to three friends to help us spread the word? They can take action here.

1."Five things to know about SOPA," The Washington Post, 11-16-2011.
2. "Mozilla Fights for the Internet's Future," Mozilla Blog, 11-15-2011.

© 2012 CREDO. All rights reserved.

Dear friends,



Today could be the day we save the free Internet. We've flipped the White House and Congress is on the back foot. Now Wikipedia's blackout has pushed the US web censorship bills to the top of the news. Today we've reached the tipping point. Let’s bury the bill for good. Click to sign the petition:


Today could be the day we save the free Internet.

The US Congress was poised to pass a law allowing officials to censor access to any website around the world. But after we delivered our 1.25 million strong petition to the White House, it came out against the bill and with public pressure at a boiling point even some bill backers are switching sides. Now, the Wikipedia - led blackout protest has rocketed the public campaign to the top of the news.

We are turning the tide. But the dark forces of censorship are trying to revive the bill right now. Let’s bury it for good today. Click to sign this emergency petition to save the Internet now and if you've signed already, to email, call, Facebook, and tweet Congressional and corporate targets. Then send this to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_action_center_b/?vl

The bill would make the US one of the worst Internet censors in the world -- joining the ranks of countries like China and Iran. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) would allow the US government to block any of us from accessing sites like YouTube, Google, or Facebook.

We got the White House to switch sides and now our global campaign and the growing public pressure is forcing Congress to abandon the bill. Last weekend, Senator Cardin, who cosponsored the legislation, announced he will vote against it! Then six prominent Republicans penned a letter requesting that the bill be shelved. Now the lower house vote is reportedly on ice.

Just days ago we were told it was impossible to stop the corporate censorship cabal, but now this is at a tipping point and amazingly we could win! Let’s stop US censorship today. Sign this emergency petition to save the internet now and forward it to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet_action_center_b/?vl

This US legislation could infringe on all of our freedoms. But if we win, we will show that when people unite with one voice from all over the world we can stop the abuse of power anywhere. We have brought this bill back from the brink. Now, if we amplify our voices today, we can put an end to the most powerful Internet censorship threat that the world has ever seen.

With hope,

Dalia, Ian, Alice, Ricken, Diego, David, and the Avaaz Team

Sources:

White House statement:
https://secure.avaaz.org/whitehouse_internet_statement

Wikipedia joins web blackout in SOPA protest (BBC):
http://www.avaaz.org/bbc_sopa_wikipedia

American Censorship's fact sheet on SOPA:
http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html

Everything you need to know about Congress's online piracy bills in one post (Washington Post):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/everything-you-need-to-know-about-congresss-online-piracy-bills-in-one-post/2011/12/16/gIQAz4ggyO_blog.html

SOPA and PIPA sponsors caving in to opposition (Talking Points Memo):
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-sponsors-caving-into-opposition.php

White House will not support SOPA, PIPA (Huffington Post):
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/14/white-house-sopa-pipa_n_1206347.html

Controversial online piracy bill ‘shelved’ until consensus is found (The Hill):
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/204167-sopa-shelved-until-consensus-is-found