SOPA and PIPA

So, if you use Google, Reddit, Slashdot, Wikipedia, the Cheezeburger sites, the Oatmeal, or even WordPress, you’ve probably picked up on a bill called SOPA. Or PIPA, for the Senate alternative. But what is SOPA, you might ask?

It’s an excellent question, and it’s been answered several times by people much wiser and more articulate than I am. So rather than rehash the basics over again, let me point you to a few excellent articles about the two bills and their implications:

SlashDot: What You Can Do About SOPA/PIPA

Electronic Frontier Foundation: SOPA

An Open Letter to the Chairman of the Judiciary, signed by such companies as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL

A fast breakdown of SOPA opposition points by Google

Forbes: What are SOPA and PIPA?

Video: Protect IP (PIPA) breaks the Internet

Take action against SOPA. Educate yourself with the above links, and then contact your Congressperson. Tell them that you vehemently oppose the passage of either SOPA or PIPA, and that you will stand by that opposition when it comes time to vote in the next election. Stop Internet censorship before it happens.

UPDATE: According to Politico, the blackout is causing lawmakers to pull support for the bill: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71589.html

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