Call the Senate: Tell them to Vote NO on Internet CensorshipNovember 29, 2011 - by Donny Shaw
The bill to give corporations and the government new powers to block websites without having to seek court approval is expected to be voted on in the Senate in the next few days or weeks. The PROTECT-IP Act, which is companion legislation to the House’s SOPA, has already been voted out favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee and can be called to the floor for a vote any day.
According to folks in D.C., Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] is planning to promote it on the floor by giving it the bogus label of “jobs bill.” We’ve already seen this strategy used succesfully by congressional leaders this year to pass big-business handouts (e.g. patent reform legislation and free trade deals) despite the fact that independent analysis shows that they will stifle small-business innovation and kill more jobs than they create. Let’s stop them from doing it again with internet censorship.
Today we’re joining with the American Censorship Day coalition for round two: a massive call-in day to tell the Senate that SOPA and PROTECT-IP are job killers and threaten free expression on the internet. These bills are nothing more than an attempt by entrenched corporations and their friends in Congress to gain control over an emerging technology that they know has the potential to facilitate economic, political, and cultural growth that could make them irrelevant.
For more on these bill, check out some of my recent posts:
- Join the Public Mark-up of SOPA
- Congress Wants to Censor the Internet. Tell Them No.
- How SOPA Threatens Net Neutrality
- House Judiciary Committee Makes SOPA Hearing a SOPA Lovefest
- Shutting Down Sites With #SOPA
- S.978 Could Put Bieber in Jail