Dear MoveOn member,
This week, the Senate is planning a vote on a new Internet censorship bill that would allow the government to shut down any website that any corporation simply alleges violates copyright laws. That means everything from YouTube to Wikipedia to MoveOn.org.1
It sounds like something from a repressive regime overseas, but it's about to happen right here. And worse, corporate lobbyists have managed to get support from senators from both parties.
But luckily, we have a champion in Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon. He is preparing to filibuster the bill this week by reading the names of everyone who signs our petition against Internet censorship.
If enacted, a new law would make it so that any website, foreign or U.S.-based, could be wiped out just based on suspicion and made unavailable to everyone in the world.2
Sen. Wyden is one of a small number of Democrats who are standing strong and saying no to Comcast, Pfizer, record and movie companies, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—the giant corporations pushing for this draconian bill.3 Add your name to the debate on the Senate floor and show other members that if they stand strong, we support them too. The more of us who sign, the stronger this effort to block this terrible law will be.
We know that the Internet's openness, freedom, and lack of censorship are what make it a bastion of infinite possibility, continued innovation, and job creation. Innovative companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, and Yahoo! have spoken out against this law.4 Internet venture capitalists say that the legislation is "ripe for abuse,"5 and leading law professors reject it because it will "allow the government to block Internet access to websites."6
But it's your voice that matters most. Add your name to stand up for freedom of speech on the Internet.
Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Garlin, Elena, Stefanie, and the rest of the team
1. "Wyden to read petition names during copyright filibuster," The Hill, November 21, 2011
2. "House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds," Public Knowledge, October 26, 2011
3. "Five things to know about SOPA," The Washington Post, November 16, 2011
4. "SOPA opposition from tech heavyweights Google, Facebook," CBS News, November 17, 2011
5. "The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Start-up Innovation," Union Square Ventures, June 23, 2011
6. "Law Professors' Letter on SOPA," Electronic Frontier Foundation, November 15, 2011
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