Many of you are probably aware of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that the American government is currently trying to pass. As a member of the internet, I’m obviously quite against this act. I can’t even tell you how much the internet means to me. I know that sounds really stupid and silly but I have this blog to get all my thoughts in order on this blog, I keep in touch with friends that are far away through Facebook, I share humorous things on Twitter and I keep up with things on Tumblr, and let’s not forgot about my deep love of YouTube. Without the internet, when I’m at my house I would literally go insane. I probably wouldn’t be ok without the internet and now this censorship act would take away every single one of those sites. This is not acceptable! What ever happened to our rights? This is utter nonsense.
Today, many major sites including Wikipedia and Google blacked out for 24 hours to show how outrageous the SOPA bill is. Wikipedia said this of the bill, “SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn’t being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.
In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia — and sites like it — cannot survive.
Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.
Make the greatest impact by calling your Congressional Representative today. Hundreds of thousands of people are reaching out — email forms for your Representative may be broken.” and offered contact information to contact any Representative in your area. I obviously right away contacted all three of my representatives.
I’m praying so much that this bill doesn’t pass. But if it does, I love you all and will miss your contact deeply.