SOPA and PIPA are bad policy
My petition against SOPA PIPA today.
Wikipedia, Google, Scribd and Reddit agree. Congress is misguided.
All these sites have taken down content or posted commentary on SOPA/PIPA legislation today. I wrote this petition, and plastered it several places.
I'm sure I'm not alone there.
I am an employee of a small Internet Service Provider in Austin Texas. I receive emails from RIA automation regarding online piracy within our subscriber base. I take action in the event of content infringement such as this, and our customers take my intervention seriously. Piracy can be fought. But. We cannot, do not, and should not actively police our customers. We must not censor their content without their permission or due process against them.
As a constituent I urge you to reject the Internet Blacklist Bills (PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House). Both SOPA and PIPA are unacceptable disruptions of critical infrastructure. We cannot afford the monetary costs of implementation and logistics, and I do not accept the case for the protection of Intellectual Property by these means. They will do far more harm than good.
The bills before you are bad implementations of misguided ideas. Censorship is not the answer to data piracy, and a 'war on piracy' is, for lack of a better word, stupid.
Please consider petitions before voting, and seek the advice of unbiased experts where possible.
Published on 18 January 2012