Stop SOPA and PIPA

We don’t normally do politics on this blog but today we’re making an exception. It’s our belief that two bills working their way through congress, SOPA and PIPA, will significantly impact freedom of speech on the Internet. For more info on these two bills see a blog post by the Electronic Frontier Foundation,  How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation.

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  1. Go to the temporarily blacked-out wikipedia page, enter your zip code and get the phone numbers of your reps and senators. Call them and tell them to oppose this legislation (if that’s what you want them to do). It takes only a few minutes, and it will matter more than complaining about the power of government and corporations on Facebook, whch is what I’m seeing among people I know today.

  2. This is just terrible….SOPA is the equivalent of curing a headache with a guillotine. It may stop piracy, but it would shut down our economy and unconstitutionally erode our most basic freedoms in the process.

    I just hope that everyone realizes how important this is and does their part to save the internet & our economy! …here is another good video that explains the consequences of SOPA pretty well:

    1,000s of more websites have joined the force and went dark today, we need EVERYONES help!!!!

  3. I’ve already been in touch with my representatives. They have, rather politely, told me to go to hell as they support this trash. Ugh!

  4. @Everett: We would, but aren’t savvy enough to incorporate the blackout code into Blogger’s code. We’re doing what we can. I don’t think that makes us hypocritical. And I also don’t think it’s a productive use of anyone’s time to be fingerpointing.

    @Grace: I know the feeling!

  5. Everett – the point of objecting to SOPA and PIPA is to support free speech. Your attempt to dictate how the Homegrowns express themselves on their blog is just as bad as the censorship you claim to object to. Oh, the irony…

  6. Yay, Stacy.

    For the rest of us who don’t care to dictate what people do, be happy, as the news today (19th) reports that overwhelming objections (as opposed to silent blackouts, perhaps?) have caused several congresspeople to reverse their positions, effectively stopping this censorship legislation in its tracks. 🙂

    For now. Stay vigilant.

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