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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.

Washington, DC Office:
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501

San Francisco Office:
One Post Street
Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710

Los Angeles Office:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300
Fax: (310) 914-7318

San Diego Office:
750 B Street
Suite 1030
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-9712
Fax: (619) 231-1108

Fresno Office:
2500 Tulare Street
Suite 4290
Fresno, CA 93721
Main: (559) 485-7430

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::).


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