Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act
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There is legislation currently being debated in the US Congress — the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives — that would grant copyright owners (Hollywood, the record labels, etc) unprecedented power to shut down or block websites that host even a single piece of copyright-infringing content. This means that if, say, someone found a single instance of copyright infringement on Kickstarter, all of Kickstarter — every project — could be taken down until it's removed. As you can imagine, this would be disastrous for everyone involved, and it would punish an entire community for the bad behavior (or honest mistake) of one person.
Copyright holders are not satisfied with those rules in the face of massive industry change. Instead they, along with many in Congress, are pursuing a bill that threatens the very fabric of the web and the communities that have risen from it. It’s a short-sighted and dangerous approach, and today, November 16th, we’re joining others in encouraging everyone to contact their representatives to let them know that we’re opposed to these bills. You can take action through American Censorship Day or the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or you can find out how to contact your Congressman here or Senator here.
To be clear, we are not supporting piracy or platforms that exist to host infringing content. However we cannot remain silent while the legal foundations behind our rights to creative expression on the net are threatened. We hope you agree, and that you’ll join the movement to stop this bill. Thank you.
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