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Save the Internet!

The Senate's PROTECT IP Act and its House companion legislation, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), threaten to undermine the freedom we all enjoy on the Net.

The Chamber of Commerce and major music and movie industry partners are all lobbying Congress intensely for passage of these bills to give prosecutors and judges authority to shut down websites "dedicated to infringing activities." 

That's it.

No "trappings" of due process. 

Those sites will simply vanish from the internet.

Even more offensive, over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Post points out in a blog called How About we Occupy Hollywood? that the House version has a provision making it unlawful to:

“tak[e] deliberate actions to avoid confirming a high probability of the use of the [website] to carry out acts that constitute a violation of [the copyright or trademark statutes].“

In other words, say a web developer doesn't like the Fed's snooping around his backdoor, and he takes "deliberate actions" to keep prosecutors from "confirming" the existence of infringing material; then the developer has broken the law.

This egregious legislation must be stopped.  Just as the COICA bill was fought last Congress, it's important that everyone reach out to their representatives and senators to demand they keep the internet free!

Call Congress on Monday at 202-224-3121 and let them know you won't stand for Congress restricting internet freedoms for the sake of a favored special interest.


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