SOPA Could Make Sites Like This a Thing of the Past
The Stop Online Piracy Act is a gift to Hollywood but a bane to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Without judicial review, the government can seize the domain name of a site such as CDN if they think (wrong or right) that some intellectual property could be at-risk. Since news sites quote public figures, take pictures and use sound bites from influential people, the danger is real that an unfavorable quote or image might bring about the seizure of our domain – and we’d have no remedy in the courts to get it back.
Some sites are totally blacking themselves out in protest, but I believe that less effective than talking about the problem, conceiving effective counters and fighting. Ostriches put their heads in the sand, not warriors.
CDN is giving up two of the highest revenue generating ad spots on the site to mention SOPA and request that visitors contact their members of congress. Heck, do a search on it here, many have written about it.
We won’t go quietly into this good night, but we will give up some of our revenue for a good fight. Will you at least give up the time necessary to make a phone call or write an email to your members of Congress to let them know that you are are not happy that they are entertaining a free speech killing bill like SOPA?
Thank you Rick for letting us know how important it is to make sure we stay in contack with our representative on issues that could affect and do affect our lives everyday. And yes, I emailed a long letter to my Congressman, John Fleming 4th US Congress from NW Louisiana and I also included a fully acredited copy of the statement you made on the SOPA law in Congress right now. I send him information on things all the time. I went on line and copied a diagram of a map of the “Constitutional Free Zones” around the country that I didn’t even know existed! I was listening to Kim Kamando this last Saturday and she mentioned it when she was talking to this man about securing his laptop info from his company. She said “You do know about the Constitutional Free Zones don’t you where a airport agent can take your laptop from you for no reason, and they don’t have to give you one, and they can keep it as long as they want. This guy had his taken and he got it back in two months. In the meantime he was without all the information about his company, and he didn’t know what the government was doing with that information about his company besides the other secure info on his laptop. Well, I made copies of articles and maps and sent it to my Congressman’s local office that will forward this package to him. But it’s just like your concerns about SOPA. We will become China if this bill becomes law and that’s what I told my Congressman.
Everyone should be doing what I have done, and I strongly suggest that everyone who reads that article from you Rich will understand what it would mean to all of us if we couldn’t find out what our Socialist government is doing or plans on doing to us if it wasn’t for sites like Conservative Daily News!!