Tomorrow, starting at 8 am eastern time, Speak Without Interruption will show it’s support for the Stop SOPA Internet Blackout, January 18th from 8am to 8pm.
SWI, along with thousands of other sites all across the Internet, will redirect it’s users to a special Stop SOPA page.
The idea of an Internet Blackout idea began with the site REDDIT, which many Internet users call the Front-page of the Internet. They have pledged to blackout their site completely for 12 hours starting tomorrow at 8am. They are joined by Google, Wikipedia and thousands of others who will either black out completely or re-direct to announcement pages asking others to join them. This will be our method of supporting this noble cause.
SWI, as a firm defender of free speech, is joining the ranks of this movement. Our contribution may be small, but we will stand against this heinous piece of legislation, as well as the House of representatives’ version the “PIPA bill,” with all the other concerned Internet providers and users. It’s not that we stand for copyright infringement, we stand against the provisions of the bill that allow sites to be shut down without any proof of wrong doing, simply on the suspicions of content owners like Disney, Warner Bros, and the RIAA.
These bills are designed to allow the US government and large content owners to “filter out” any site they suspect of copyright infringement. This would mean that for most US Internet users these sites would no longer exist. Their ad content would disappear as well as their users. This is giving our government and law enforcement agencies the power to effectively censor the Internet and the world beyond our borders. Filtered sites would not reappear until they had proven their innocence in a US court of law. Quite a different situation than “Innocent until proven Guilty.”
Sites could be removed for a single page or image of suspect content. Sites could be removed for any reason and still have to fight it out in court to ever be seen again.
The wording in these bills is so loose that any site could be removed under any suspicion, including association or link with a suspected site.
The worst part is that these bills will not stop copyright infringement. The writers of these bills don’t seem to realize that more expert users could easily connect to the filtered sites, working around the filters, by simply connecting to the site through a proxy in another country.
We hope that our contributors and readers will join SWI in our support against these badly constructed and dangerous pieces of legislation.
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