Today hundreds of websites — including Wikipedia, reddit, BoingBoing, FreePress.net and SavetheInternet.com — have gone dark. They’re protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills in the House and Senate that could open the door to widespread Internet censorship.1
Thousands of supporters of the open Internet will soon rally in New York and San Francisco to urge their senators to stand up and oppose this legislation.
Together we’re putting the brakes on the Hollywood-fueled momentum of these bills. But they’re not dead yet — and the Senate is voting on PIPA next week.
Pick up the phone and urge your senators to vote “no” on the Protect IP Act. We’ve created a new site that lists where every senator stands on PIPA and provides a simple script to help you make the call.
Last week the White House said it would not support any legislation that “reduces freedom of expression” or “undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”2 Today even Google altered its valuable homepage to black out its logo and include a note protesting SOPA and PIPA. And millions of Internet users have taken action to tell Congress that any bills that compromise our ability to speak freely online must be rejected.
Now it’s time to start lighting up the phones on Capitol Hill before the Senate votes next week.
Let’s bury these bills.
Internet Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund
P.S. To learn more about the blackout and the growing open Internet movement, read the piece by Free Press’ Tim Karr today in the Huffington Post: “Why We Go Black”: http://act2.freepress.net/go/8201?akid=3212.9932713.xDRF5b&t=6
- Check out the full list of blackout participants here: http://act2.freepress.net/go/8178?akid=3212.9932713.xDRF5b&t=8.
- Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt, “Combating Online Piracy While Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet”: http://act2.freepress.net/go/8177?akid=3212.9932713.xDRF5b&t=10