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Demand Progress and its million-plus members declare victory — encourage Americans to "Vote for the Net"
Fwd: Strike organizers applaud announcement that Senate and House have postponed action on the proposed web censorship bills
Fight for the Future
Fight for the Future, which ran the largest organizing sites for the recent SOPA protests (sopastrike.com and americancensorship.org), applauds the announcement that the Senate and House have postponed action on the proposed web censorship bills.
“We sent the MPAA back to the drawing board,” said Fight for the Future Co-founder Holmes Wilson, “But any law that lets the copyright lobby block our websites, censor our search results, or cut off our Paypal accounts–without even going through a judge–will be soundly defeated.”
“This was the largest online protest in history,” said Fight for the Future Co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “The MPAA was trying to quietly force this bill through Congress, but when internet users started paying attention, real democracy happened. This is a watershed moment in the fight against lobbyists’ influence on politics.”
“The MPAA could have proposed a law to address copyright infringement,” said Holmes Wilson, “Instead, they proposed giving rightsholders veto power over online innovation and free expression. At that point, it was just a matter of getting the public involved.”
A timeline of the SOPA protests: http://sopastrike.com/timeline
Statistics from the January 18 protest: http://sopastrike.com/numbers
Statistics from the November 16 protest: http://americancensorship.org/infographic2.html
Top Internet Sites Join Largest Online Protest Ever in Opposition to Pending Internet Censorship Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tiffiniy Cheng, Holmes Wilson
Phone: (508) 474-5248
The internet is currently engaged in the largest ever online protest in opposition to internet censorship legislation moving in Congress, PIPA and SOPA.
Three top-ten sites in the U.S. — Google.com, Craigslist.org, and en.wikipedia.org — have blacked out all or part of their sites in protest of the bill.
As of 10 a.m. ET, eleven top 100 U.S. sites are participating in the strike (site rankings are from Alexa.com). WordPress alone powers 16 percent of the top 1 million sites globally, and all of those sites are being blacked out.
More than 62,000 sites have signed up to join at sopastrike.com. The exact number of sites that are participating is unknown at this point, but we believe 10,000 to be a conservative estimate.
The protest is in response to legislation (S.968) scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th that would give the government and corporations new powers to block access to entire websites because of a single link in violation of copyright law. The website takedowns would effectively censor hosts of legal, constitutionally-protected speech, and the bill is considered to be in violation of the First Amendment by several prominent constitutional scholars.
Ultimately, the fight against these bills is about more than web censorship. It is a fundamental struggle about who has power in modern society — the people with the means to communicate freely or the governments and corporations that want to lock down control. Today’s action, and the corresponding drop-off in congressional support for these bills, is a raw display of power for the people at large.
About Fight for the Future
Fight for the Future is a new non-profit organization that works to defend online rights and personal freedoms. Fight for the Future organized American Censorship Day on November 16, 2011, the largest online protest in the past 5 years, with more than 4 million people contacting Congress and companies like Tumblr and Mozilla taking unprecedented steps to drive users to contact Congress.
Local Internet Freedom Groups, Opponents Of Internet Censorship Bills Take Their Disapproval to Town Halls, Meetings With Lawmakers
Urge constituents who oppose PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act to visit my.americancensorship.org for more info on how to attend a meeting
With Congress still threatening to pass Internet censorship legislation when it returns from break later this month, opponents of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have set up dozens of in-person meetings with their lawmakers and are organizing groups to attend their lawmakers’ town hall meetings.
Opponents are organizing themselves into local Internet Freedom groups and plan to ask Senators questions related to the controversial legislation. The groups are often made of individuals who have never been politically active before. For lawmakers who have no public events, participants are being walked through the process of setting up meetings with their elected officials.
A list of already-scheduled town halls and meetings may be found at https://fightfortheftr.wordpress.com/. And to find out about — or to set up new meetings — Internet users may visit http://my.americancensorship.org/.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to recommence deliberations on SOPA on January 23rd. On January 24th, the full Senate is set to begin consideration of PIPA — likely triggering a filibuster by opponents.
According to Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “Senator Reid is moving quickly to pass PROTECT-IP, although the majority of Americans are opposed to it. Apparently, we only have these last two weeks to make sure lawmakers know that most of the internet and the local people who use it are one hundred percent opposed to these bills — and that we’re going to hold them accountable for the way they vote. It’s amazing to see how motivated people are to help stop these bills — they are taking the legislation into their own hands.”
SOPA and PIPA would give the government and corporations broad new powers to block Americans’ access to websites that are accused of copyright infringement, and to otherwise undermine those sites’ abilities to function.
Fight for the Future and dozens of other organizations and companies have steered more than 4 million contacts to Congress in opposition to PIPA and SOPA.