Wednesday, January 18, 2012

End Piracy, Not Liberty...Protect Creativity and Innovation: Say "No!" to PIPA & SOPA

*found in the Etsy treasury "Blackout"

"Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late."- Google

Google - "End Piracy, Not Liberty"
(please take a moment to sign the petition!)

Etsy's Message - Protect Creativiy and Innovation!

Many websites have "Gone Dark" for 24 hours today in protest of these acts, including one of my favorite blogs CRAFT: (Craftzine), its parent site MAKE:

"The bills are allegedly designed to combat commercial piracy, but as we've seen in previous efforts to fight illegal content, the pirates always figure out an end-around and it's the everyday users (and in this case, likely every internet concern besides the big media companies) that would bear the brunt of these poorly crafted and overreaching bills." - MAKE:

(Huh..."poorly crafted and overreaching"...what does that sound like?  Oh I remember!...The CPSIA!  These lawmakers need to look more carefully at the laws they write and think about how they will really effect the American public)

Many other websites like Wikipedia and Reddit have "gone dark" today as well.  As Wikipedia's Blackout message reads... "Imagine a world with no free knowledge".

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