Shut down

18 January 2012

If Congress has their way you will soon see online images and warnings similar to the one below:


Common American Journal is joining other U.S. bloggers and websites in a “black out” for 24 hours to raise awareness about Congress’s attempts to “protect” intellectual property with legislation known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). We stand for free speech and a free and open internet. There are ways, other than censorship and federal control, to protect intellectual property available online.

Tell Congress: Don’t censor the web! *

No other articles will be posted today.

* Link H/T

Related: Here is an excellent example of how SOPA and PIPA will work if enacted.

Update: Here is a clear explanation of the proposed laws.

Also, video H/T The Common Room

Update 2Rand Paul promises to filibuster PIPA

Also, Internet Censorship:

…Though sleazy and grotesque, it was therefore entirely unsurprising when it was announced last March that Dodd would “be Hollywood’s leading man in Washington, taking the most prestigious job on K Street”: Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), “whose perks include a $1.2 million-a-year salary and getting to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.”

In his capacity as lobbyist for one of the most powerful corporate interests in America, one seeking privilages of expanded power and crony capitalism, he calls those participating in the black out irresponsible and says they are abusing their power.  Really!

Read the whole thing.

Headline corrected

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