SOPA Blackout Day January 18, 2012
Stop Censorship and the bills that are in Congress right now SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). Don’t let these bills fool you, if they pass THEY WILL CENSOR YOUR INTERNET. Bills like these could destroy sites like ours along with sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and so on.
More about SOPA and PIPA
Members of Congress are trying to do the right thing by going after pirates and counterfeiters but SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to do it.
1. SOPA and PIPA would censor the Web
The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results. That’s why 41 human rights organizations and 110 prominent law professors have expressed grave concerns about the bills.
2. SOPA and PIPA would be job-killers because they would create a new era of uncertainty for American business
Law-abiding U.S. internet companies would have to monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation. That’s why AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to Congress saying these bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.” It’s also why 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness”. More than 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”.
3. SOPA and PIPA wouldn’t stop piracy
To make matters worse, SOPA and PIPA won’t even work. The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control.
There are effective ways to combat foreign “rogue” websites dedicated to copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting, while preserving the innovation and dynamism that have made the Internet such an important driver of American economic growth and job creation. Congress should consider alternatives like the OPEN Act, which takes targeted and focused steps to cut off the money supply from foreign pirate sites without making US companies censor the Web.
Today has been deemed “SOPA Blackout” day. Many sites are going off the air today in a black out, instead of going black we thought we would post this because we feel its important to get the information out there. This post will remain on the top of our page today. However our corporate website BUBBANETWORK INC has gone black
SOPA’s supporters are desperate to get this bill through quickly by convincing Congress there’s no real opposition to it. We know better, but we need to make our voices heard loud and clear. Below is a link of Google’s post where you can sign a petition
If you would like to read more about it then here is an interesting informative read:
Tuesday we were interviewed by our local NBC station WPTV by Mollie Reynolds. You can watch the interview here and read more about the bills