Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or just don’t connect to the Interwebs (which…how would you be reading this if you didn’t?), many websites are going dark today protesting the House’s SOPA and the Senate’s PIPA bills aimed at fighting online piracy. Jason mentioned it earlier today in his morning reads. Rather than rehash how the two bills could harm free speech on the Internet, I’ll point you to the post I wrote back in December about SOPA, PIPA, and Intellectual Property.
Congressmen Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3), Austin Scott (R-GA-8), Tom Graves (R-GA-9), and Paul Broun (R-GA-10) have spoken in opposition to the House’s SOPA bill. Both Senators Saxby Chambliss (DC ph: 202-224-3521 District ph: 770-763-9090) and Johnny Isakson (DC ph: 202-224-3643 District ph: 770-661-0999) are co-sponsors of the Senate’s PIPA bill.
Please continue to urge our congressmen and senators to not grant the federal government censorship powers for the Internet. And visit The Oatmeal for a (very humorous, but not safe for work or around the kids–you’ve been warned) take on how SOPA and PIPA would affect content online.