Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Internet blacklist bill: encouraging but we must keep up the fight

I received this from Demand Progress. Here is what they said:

Great, great work: In about 36 hours more than 50,000 of us have asked our lawmakers to refuse to cosponsor the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill. THANK YOU.
We are expecting it to be introduced LATER TODAY. Will you please -- one more time -- ask your friends to help us fight back?

Our allies on the Hill say the bill's so bad that it could effectively destroy Youtube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites' owners legally responsible for everything their users post.

If it's as bad as they say it is, Facebook, Myspace, and Google+ would be at risk. The cyberlocker and streaming provisions could affect your iPhone, Android, AmazonCloud, Pandora, Grooveshark and even your email accounts.

We know it sounds crazy, but we're hearing it from Congressional staff and highly respected advocacy organizations.

We deeply appreciate your continued support, and need your help now more than ever. Would you ask your friends to email their lawmakers right away?

We can still win this thing if we stick together and turn up the pressure -- and that's why we need to completely bombard Congress with constituent contacts.

-The Demand Progress team

Sounds like a good idea to me. If you aren't familiar with the Internet Blacklist bill just click here. We've got them on the ropes so if you haven't written your elected leaders now would be good time.

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