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Stop Censorship by aldessa Stop Censorship by aldessa
first, the TL;DR version: Go to americancensorship.org and sign their petition. Or better yet, write your congresspeople personally.

WALL O' TEXT TIME!

There are, before the US Congress, two Internet Blacklist bills that threaten the foundations of civil rights.

These bills, which are pushed hard by (among others) the RIAA, the MPAA, and the US Department of Commerce, require no due process to blacklist your web site, blocking it from search engines and being served by your Internet Service Provider. Further, they would prevent owners of blacklisted sites from receiving funds from banks, Paypal, or other financial services.

All just because someone thought you violated a copyright.

Look, I'm all for copyright. It's the way people earn their livelihood. People who steal that are the scum of the earth. They deserve punishment. I'm not even necessarily against making copyright violation a felony in certain circumstances (currently the only way to punish IP violators in the US is with a civil lawsuit).

But these two bills (The Protect IP Act before the Senate and the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) before the House) not only curtail any need for proof of violation or even notifying the accused violator of the transgression, but they hold third- and fourth-parties responsible for policing. If someone shows up on your site and posts a bogus link, YOUR site gets blocked. The actual violator isn't ever pursued.

Is there an appeal? Nope. You get blocked, tough rocks, pal.

The MPAA and the RIAA have already demonstrated a willingness to rabidly attack perceived violators who haven't actually done anything wrong. If you doubt that this law will be thoroughly and extensively abused, than you're a fool.

These laws would create a censorship streak comparable to the "Great Firewall" of China. And that is not a rhetorical exaggeration. Huge chunks of the Internet, including, most likely, all of Deviant Art and any other art portal you visit. Reddit and other aggregates, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. All of them will get shut down or badly blocked up.

Let me repeat again that victims do not have to be guilty of anything to get screwed over by this law. You could be using licensed media and if someone erroneously reports you they aren't going to look into it. You could be creating something considered fair use. You could be doing something that is WHOLLY YOUR OWN. There is no provision to protect defendants. If you don't think those things can happen, you haven't paid attention to DA. How many stolen artwork dramas do you see every frigging day here? How many of those thieves claim the creator stole from them? They just need to be faster on the draw and the creator LOSES while the thief profits.

These bills don't protect anything but the abusive powers gained by the money huge industries have.

But wait, it gets worse!

The committees that heard testimony on the bills didn't even invite one person opposed to the bill to testify. They are railroading this through Congress and trying to make it look like everyone loves it.

Everything about these bills is unethical and bad policy. Everything.

It really pisses me off that the U.S. Department of Commerce supports these bills. They've been pushing it with misleading radio commercials that make it look like it's in the interest of individuals when only moneyed corporations will get anything from it.

Mr. Obama, I voted for you in 2008. But get your lackeys in line. Tell the DoC, which is under your authority, to knock that shit off. If you don't call off these mangy hounds, I will actively campaign against you in 2012. This will do so much more harm than the good you have done in the last (nearly) 3 years.

Ok, people, so here's where you can learn more and where you can do something about it. Not everyone has the time to campaign against even these important issues, but it only takes a few moments to help a little:

American Censorship .org. [link]
They're a coalition of groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union. They strongly oppose these bills. And they have a lot of information about how it works there. Most importantly they have an automatic letter dealy. Sign it and they will forward a standard letter to your representatives in Congress.

They also have convenient graphics you can put on any web sites you have. Most important, LINK BACK to americancensorship.org so that others can participate.

You can also go to [link] and use their letter writer.

Best yet, write a personal letter. You can email these to your representatives. Using just your zip code and/or state, you can find your reps at [link] and [link]
All representatives have a convenient form to get letters to them.

If you have more time consider sending the sponsors of the bills your objections.

Here's a list of sponsors for the Protect IP Act: [link]
And for SOPA: [link] (you have to click "view sponsors"

SOPA is in committee. These are the Representatives who need to hear that this bill is bullshit: [link]

Tell them to knock that shit off, plz.

The Protect IP act is out of committee, meaning it's dangerously close to passage in the Senate.

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:iconstarryskystorm:
Starryskystorm Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They are back from hell ones again.
petitions.whitehouse.gov/petit…
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm with you on against Internet Censorship for we the people must prevent the dark vision of Orson Well's 1984 from becoming reality fully.

:iconbenderplz: :iconsaysplz: Hey Internet censorship supporters, bite my shiny metal ass!
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a-fiery-boom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Finally, a stamp about it! :la:

Annnnnd here we go again with why politicians are corrupt money-filching twats. :facepalm: If they didn't decide to set it up like this, it might actually stop piracy and plagiarism. Too bad this is from lobbyists, and that this won't actually solve the actual political issues they're supposedly paid to work out. :unimpressed:

And, from what I understand, it'll be like China's grand firewall. Oh joy, we get to be like the nation that has a "democracy" consisting of only one candidate to choose from if they want to live.
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
That's a much more concise summary of the problems with these bills than my own. Preach it!
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:icona-fiery-boom:
a-fiery-boom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, indeed. I enjoy observing politics, as stupid as the players are. ;)

Yes Ma'am! :salute:
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Mutoh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was certainly made by people who have no idea how the internet works.

I'm not American, but we have so many stupid laws here I'm signing this petition out of compassion. (:
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thank you for your support!
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:iconmutoh:
Mutoh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you're welcome!
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kunaigirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
NO BILL!!! IT'S A VIOLATION OF OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ONLINE PRESS!!!!! READ THE CONSTITUTION PEOPLE!!!!


lol sorry for the "all caps rage" -3-
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I'm all for caps rage when it's called for.
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Razzl3erry Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Down with this bill! Boooo!
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Preach it sister!
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Razzl3erry Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holla!
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
If this is all you say it is (I agree it's a terrible idea) then that's it for selling art and photography online, isn't it? That means DeviantART, RedBubble, Zazzle (there's art theft on there too), Society6 and other image-to-products sites. (some of us can't go to art shows to show off our work...we need more coverage than that). But what gets me, is these are mere humans making the calls on this. People who undoubtedly use FaceBook, Twitter, etc. like many of us do. They pull this, they will shoot themselves in the foot as well.
Though I'm against art theft and piracy, I'm wondering if whoever thought this up drinks paint. :O_o: Sorry for the rant. ^^;
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
rants are excused in this situation, I think. I think that these bills were probably written mostly by lawyers for the RIAA and similar groups -- they are more interested in punishing the world because their antiquated business model isn't working for them. So instead of learning to use the technology for their advantage, they'd rather try to squelch the technology.
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Shay-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this stamp. I've sighed the petition. This going through would just destroy the internet.

I can't believe the support that bill is getting. Though of course those against it are much greater. I hope we can stop this...
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Fortunately, opposition is growing. The last few days have seen a surge. Hopefully we can break through and get our message heard.
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Shay-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student General Artist
It would be an insult to the nation if this passed with all the people against it. America's people don't want it, the government should comply with what WE want, not the other way around.
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semperninjai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I've also signed the online petition. Though at this point I'm quite un-hopeful about our political system.
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
every little bit helps. We'll at least make our voices heard
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been following this stuff for quite some time and signing against it every chance I get.
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:iconaldessa:
aldessa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Glad to hear it! Hopefully we can stop it.
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sure we can. After all the people are the government not the movie, gaming, or music industries. Our politicians need to start recognizing this.
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