An open letter to my representatives re: SOPA and PIPA

Please feel free to use this to send to your representatives yourself! (Just remember to use PIPA for your Senators and SOPA for your congressmembers.)

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As one of your constituents, I am adamantly opposed to PIPA/SOPA and urge you at least not to support it and ideally to do everything you can to stop it completely.

Here are a few quotes that explain the grave implications of this legislation and why so many of your constituents are against it:

“If enacted, either of these bills will create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure.”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/internet-inventors-warn-against-sopa-and-pipa

“We’re often told that we shouldn’t worry so much because it’s only targeted at “rogue sites” and thus wouldn’t impact any legitimate sites…. And yet, as we’ve seen with the list of “pirate” sites that GroupM put together with help from the music and movie industries, their definition of a “pirate” site is expansive in the extreme. It included the Internet Archive, Vimeo, Soundcloud and a ton of blogs and news sites, including the famed Vibe magazine.

“…On Monster Cable’s own list of ‘rogue sites,’ eBay and Craigslist top the list…. Retailing giant Costco is on the list. As is Sears. There’s also PriceGrabber and ComputerShopper — popular legitimate sites for comparison shopping and computer purchases. These are not ‘rogue sites.'”

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111005/10082416208/monster-cable-claims-ebay-craigslist-costco-sears-are-rogue-sites.shtml

In the fight against piracy–both in intellectual property and stolen goods–this bill brings a nuclear weapon to a knife fight. It completely violates due process by shutting down entire sites with no questions asked and will destroy the perfectly innocent freedoms of the internet.

Please stop this horrific legislation from moving forward.

Thank you,
Jack Lindstrom

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