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Hey folks,

If you've been on the Net in the past few weeks you've probably heard about SOPA and PIPA, especially if you live in the States.  For those who don't know, Wikipedia's got a blackout going today in protest of SOPA and PIPA that probably explains it better than I can.  In short, these bills are allegedly meant to oppose piracy.  And yeah, that's a good thing; I certainly don't support piracy and I doubt the rest of you do either.  Problem is, the way they'd go about it would essentially damage our First Amendment right to freedom of speech and do serious, if not irreparable damage to fandom as well.  Wikipedia explains it here better than I can, so go check it out.

For everyone reading this:  GET INFORMED.  And then take a stand, because otherwise we're screwed.

I've never in my life written to my reps in Congress, but I did today and I hope you'll do the same if you live in the States.  Wikipedia supplies links to the contact forms for your reps; all you need to do is fill in your zip code and they'll give you phone numbers and email addys.  If you don't know what to say, I've posted what I wrote below; feel free to use it, I certainly don't mind.

Dear (Congressman)

I have never contacted my representatives before; I haven't felt the need to until now.  I've heard about SOPA and PIPA, and these bills worry me a great deal.  I am aware of both sides of the legal issues in question, and I know that these bills are intended to combat piracy.  I have never committed an act of piracy in my life, and I do not support piracy in any form.

Piracy is an important issue, but it does not outweigh my First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.  My right to free speech is not less important than a copyright owner's rights; in fact, the courts have consistently upheld freedom of speech even against alleged copyright infringements.  Both SOPA and PIPA would have the effect of violating my First Amendment rights. 

I am your constituent and I oppose SOPA and PIPA.  Please defend my First Amendment rights by opposing these bills in Congress.  Thank you!

Please, if you live in the States, take a stand against this.  Call your Congressional reps.  If you're not comfortable with that, email them.  It takes five minutes or less.  These bills have to be stopped.

~ Vlbuehle

Date: 2012-01-18 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] authoressnebula.livejournal.com
Love your letter; it's perfect. I posted my letter as well on my LJ; it's so good to have another person fighting against this!




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