Protect IP Act

My letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the Protect IP Act. Of course I haven’t read it (I can’t read legislation and understand it – I found this out in my US Government course), but I trust the allegations of Markos Moulitsas and the Daily Kos community, as well as Lawrence Lessig of Rootstrikers and the handful of Twitter followers I have who’ve been vocally against this legislation.

As one of the first children of the Internet age, I saw as a student and a young adult the awesome benefits of the Internet as a platform for free speech, technical innovation, and global community organizing the likes of which the world has never seen before. Even though you are a co-sponsor of this bill, I urge you to reconsider this legislation’s execution, as it does not do enough to protect poetic license, innovation, and community organizing.

This bill could put in jeopardy many, if not all, of the transformational organizations that have come from the Internet in the last decade, despite all the possible abuses of copyright (and questionable media prosecution tactics) and an unforgiving copyright law on the verge of a cultural evolution.

Form letter below:

Please withdraw your support for S.968, the Protect IP Act. This bill could destroy the Internet as we know it.

If S.968 passes, then the government could order Internet providers to block sites like Red State, Daily Kos, YouTube or even Facebook if even one member of those communities posted material a copyright holder considered infringing. This would put an end to all online content sharing.

Just as bad, all website owners would be forced to enact massive new private security measures, which means no one would bother creating new Internet companies anymore because of the cost and risk involved.

That’s why tech giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Mozilla are opposed to this legislation, and why Microsoft has withdrawn its support and is now opposing the bills. It’s why more than 100 of the nation’s leading Intellectual Property law professors are opposed to the bill. It’s why the Consumer Electronics Association, which comprises over 2,000 American technology companies is opposed to the legislation as currently written.

Protect IP, as currently written, is dangerous to our way of life. Please withdraw your support for this legislation.

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