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Demand Progress and its million-plus members declare victory — encourage Americans to "Vote for the Net"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David Moon, (202) 427-7966 and Moon@DemandProgress.org


WASHINGTON – Today, progressive Internet advocacy group Demand Progress declared victory over the Internet Blacklist Bills (aka PIPA & SOPA). After a year-long battle with civil liberties, human rights, and Internet freedom advocacy organizations and their members, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cancelled a planned January 24th procedural vote on the bill. During the conflict, Demand Progress grew its membership list from zero to over one million members, and generated more than 3 million contacts to Congress.

Demand Progress encouraged Internet users to visit its new site, VoteForTheNet.com, where voters can pledge to oppose censorship supporters, and can donate to the four senators who’ve long promised to filibuster PIPA and SOPA. The site is a joint partnership with the right-leaning organization, DontCensorTheNet — More than 70,000 Americans have signed the pledge in the last 72 hours.

Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal stated, “Today Internet users around the world have reason to celebrate. The battle over PIPA and SOPA will go down in history as a turning point in the battle to keep the Internet free from undue corporate and government control. But mark my words — this is just the beginning. We can never allow dangerous legislation like PIPA and SOPA to move forward in any form: After the year of back-room deals that led to the drafting and near-passage of these bills, nothing less than complete transparency throughout any legislative process — with the input of Internet users — will be acceptable.”

Segal pointed to MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd’s comments in today’s New York Times: “No Washington player can safely assume that a … heavily financed legislative program is safe from a sudden burst of Web-driven populism” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/technology/dodd-calls-for-hollywood-and-silicon-valley-to-meet.html?_r=2&ref=business

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Countless Web Companies And Advocacy Groups Gear Up To Kill The Stop Online Piracy Act This Week

For Immediate Release:

Contacts:
David Segal, David@DemandProgress.org and (401) 499-5991
David Moon, Moon@DemandProgress.org and (202) 427-7966

Aim to drive hundreds of thousands of constituent contacts to Congress before House vote on SOPA; Encourage the whole web to take part

Washington, DC — More than 70 tech firms from across the web and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum asking urging their users and members to contact Congress and urge members to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday at 10AM.

Internet users can contact Congress by visiting AmericanCensorship.org. To give Americans a sense of what the Internet would be like if SOPA passes, any Internet user can use a tool there to “censor” parts of their emails and posts to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or other websites. To ‘uncensor’ the post, their friends and readers must visit AmericanCensorship.org and contact their own members of Congress. Here’s a sample ‘censored’ post.


To underscore the negative impact SOPA would have on economic growth and innovation, people who are employed by web-related companies — and people who earn income blogging, selling items online, or otherwise make a living by using the Internet — are encouraged to post photos of themselves to IWorkForTheInternet.org. Just a few hours after the site’s launch last evening, more than 1,000 people had done so.

SOPA would kill tech jobs and stifle innovation, undermine cybersecurity, censor the Internet in America, and give comfort to foreign regimes that seek to censor the Internet in order to undermine political speech and dissent. If it passes, social networking sites would need to police their users’ content more aggressively, sites would be shut down with negligible due process, and people could be jailed for posting copyrighted content (like background music and karaoke videos). This New York Times op-ed serves as a good primer on the bill’s failings.

According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, “This week is do or die: If SOPA passes through committee, House leadership can call for a full vote at any time. But if we can beat it this week, there’s a good chance it’ll be gone for good. Anybody who cherishes a free, secure Internet — and the economic development and benefit to our democracy that come with it — needs to call Congress right away.”

Participating sites include Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla, Union Square Ventures, Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Public Knowledge, MoveOn, Free Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wikimedia, the Free Software Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and dozens of others. They include the groups that drove more than two million contacts to Congress through last month’s “American Censorship Day” effort, and many more.


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