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November 30th, 2011

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 11:26 am

This is an article describing what the Protect IP Act is and links to the wiki article itself.

In a nutshell it gives big corporations a blank check to shut down any website they "believe" is violating their copyright, before going to court or alerting anyone. The website in question actually has to bid for their website's release.

Since when is America the place where we're guilty until proven innocent?

Pft, since when is it China??

Anyhoo, this is the list of Senator's who are co-sponsors of the bill. I was totally appalled to see Diane Feinstein of CA on that list and went and looked up her contact info, for your convenience, I'm reposting this here.

Her Phone numbers in various offices )

Call them. Or write. The extra effort makes them pay more attention.

Please do this for your own senators, even if you can't see them on that list, so that they know you're against this stupid law. (Here is the list to their DC offices) And pass the info along.

Edit: Forgot to add, there's a version of this in the House called SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act. I need to hunt down more info on that.

Calling its plan a “market-based system to protect US customers and prevent US funding of sites dedicated to theft of US property,” the new bill gives broad powers to private actors. Any holder of intellectual property rights could simply send a letter to ad network operators like Google and to payment processors like MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal, demanding these companies cut off access to any site the IP holder names as an infringer.

Also, wondering if posting a 'calling script' for people might be helpful? I know I sorta dashed one out, and it was the only way I would've been able to call (hell, half a year ago I couldn't even do that ::wry::).