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Save The Internet! Stop SOPA!

I want to share this call because I deem this is serious. We have similar attempts at installing Internet censure by means of "Copyright protection" (or rather "Schutz vor Urheberrechtsverletzungen") down here in Europe, but since most servers of the free Internet are hosted in the USA, the impact of installing this huge means of and for censure in the name of copyright protection there would be far more serious!

Quote from the Avaaz website:
Save The Internet!

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen any day now, but we can help stop this -- champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Sign now and then forward as widely as possible -- our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote.

sing the petition here

Edit: Here is some more information about the bill this is trying to stop:



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Nov. 20th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
I signed - let's hope it will do something good.
Nov. 20th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Hi, there, and hank you for signing! :) I did, too, at the German part of the site, of course (I got the call by e-mail). BTW, how does the press related laws in Hungary are impacting the free press there? I was never sure how much you are or may be affected!
Nov. 20th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well, considering the fact that the government is planning to fire some 400 emloyees of the öffentlich-rechtliches Fernsehen (sorry, I don't know how to say it in English) because they apparently aren't loyal enough to the government, you can guess how we stand re: free press.
Nov. 20th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ouch! So much for freedom of press and it's protection in the European Union. I have this dark suspicion that our own government leaders are taking notes how to do it from you. :(
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