Jan. 18th, 2012

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] havenward at Freedom vs Piracy
I'm sure everyone and their mother is making a post today about SOPA (and its sister legislation in the Senate, PIPA). I'm sure you've already seen (and read up for yourself) about the line between trying to rightfully protect copyright, and the foolishly (and purposefully) vague language of the bills is dangerous.

It's dangerous for innocent people.

It's dangerous for start up internet companies.

It's dangerous for fandom.

Fair use all but disappears from the internet, and as one of the big players of industry, the US legislation could set the tone internationally. Where once we supported anti-censorship movements in places like China, we'll do the same thing to our own, with plenty of room for abuse.

Because any company big enough, who acts "in good faith", could have LiveJournal blocked just because of the fanvids being posted. Because of a link to a fanvid.

Our representatives have been paid well for their votes, so you need to make your voice heard. Sign the petitions. Email your representatives (places like Change.org and Google have information on how). Call your representatives. If you're like me and don't like calling people, fax them. Yes, your reps do still have fax machines. You can head here to do it.

Do something. Don't sit silent. They're counting on that.

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