From CREDO Action:
"The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would end the internet as we know it.
If it passes, the “Protect IP Act” (and its companion bill in the House, “SOPA”) could put people in jail for uploading a video to YouTube, and would severely limit our right to free speech.
This legislation is so potentially damaging that today we are blacking out the CREDO Action website in protest and urging our website visitors to tell Congress to vote no on these bills.
CREDO’s joining our allies like MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge as well as internet companies like Wikipedia, Mozilla, and Wordpress (among hundreds of other sites) in this national day of action against this legislation.
CREDO members have already made over 8,000 calls and sent over 40,000 petition signatures to the Senate, but we can’t let up now. On this national day of action, we need to make sure the Senate knows that we need them to protect the internet.
There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren’t true.
This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1
This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet — a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.
Internet companies including Google, Mozilla, Facebook, and Twitter, say that “the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites.”2
Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to the legislation. And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation. No matter whether your senators are Republicans or Democrats, it is important that you urge them to take a stand for internet freedom.
We need your senators to come out in opposition to this bill and vote against internet censorship.
Thank you for taking a stand against internet censorship.
Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets