Monday, November 28, 2011

The good and the bad at Demand Progress

I received the following from Demand Progress:

Great news: 100,000 people have asked Senator Wyden to read their names during his filibuster of the dreaded PROTECT IP Act.

Worse news: This legislation could come to a vote as soon as later this week.

But the nastier we make this prospective filibuster look, the better the chance that Senate leadership won't even call for a vote.

Will you help us muster more troops? Please consider posting a link to on your blog or website, and share it with your friends:

Here's the message Senator Wyden's office issued to Demand Progress a few days ago, asking for more support from Internet users:

The filibuster affords senators an opportunity to stand up for what they believe in and there are few things I believe in more than ensuring that every American has a voice and an opportunity to get ahead.

Right now, the Internet gives every American that voice while making it possible for every entrepreneur, thinker and innovator to compete alongside the biggest and most moneyed interests.

It is my hope that -- with your help – my colleagues in Congress will realize that a free and open Internet is something that we as Americans should celebrate and not allow those special moneyed interests to quash.

It is my hope that – with your help – my colleagues in Congress will realize that PIPA/SOPA are the wrong way to protect intellectual property because the price they exact on the Internet is too high.

With your help, I believe we can get that word out and prevent these misguided bills from every reaching the House and Senate floor, but if they do reach the floor you can count on me to stand up and make our voices heard.

Let's make it clear to the Senator that we have his back, and that we plan to stand with him on the floor of the Senate.

I believe they are talking about this. If you haven't signed the petition then please do so.

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