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ACLU is calling it a direct assault on Internet users

"A direct assault on Internet users" is what the ACLU is calling it.  Yesterday a U.S. House committee approved HR 1981, a broad new Internet snooping bill.  They want to force Internet service providers to keep track of and retain their customers' information -- including your name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, and 25 other civil liberties and privacy groups have expressed our opposition to this legislation.  Will you join us, by emailing your lawmakers today?

10 Strike Bill (S.978) Generates Huge Youtube Outcry!

A few weeks ago Demand Progress sent out an action alert about S.978, or as it has become known: the 10 Strikes bill.  Within days, hundreds of youtube users began to post their own videos in opposition to the bill.  It was a veritable youtube mass-protest.

Demand Progress has recently posted a video to showcase these protests and help educate others on the ills of this bill.  

Go check out the video on youtube and then sign our petition here!

The Left Hand Doesn’t Know What the Right is Doing

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Here in the United States we've always had a little bit of a problem reconciling the way we apply our ideologies at home and abroad.  We have great expectations for foreign governments implementing the values we hold sacred in this nation, like democracy, self-determination and free speech.  Unfortunately, our government sometimes feels less comfortable asserting these values domestically.

The most recent expression of this dialectic is in the US government's approach is in it's signing of a statement supporting a UN report asserting that access to the Internet is critical to individuals being able to enact their human rights.  This occurs concurrently with a series of bills and industry regulations that would limit expression and free speech on the Internet domestically.  The most important of these are:

1) SB 978, or the "10 Strikes" bill, which makes a minimal amount of unlicensed streaming a felony charge carrying a maximum of 5 years in prison.

2) SB 968, the PROTECT IP Act or PIPA, giving the government power to "seize" domestic sites and force search engines, ISPs, and other "information location tools" to block foreign "rogue sites" accused of copyright infringement.

3) A "3 Strikes" Policy not a law, but a dangerous industry agreement between ISPs and copyright holders to restrict the bandwidth and access of users who have been accused of infringement.  The agreement would be based on 3 incidents of infringement.

10 Strikes Slogs Forward As Opposition Rises

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Minneapolis, MN - Last Friday Demand Progress spoke out against the "10 Strikes" bill (S. 978) championed by Senator Amy Klobuchar.  We called on the Senate to decelerate their efforts to pass this unfortunately written anti-piracy legislation.  The 10 Strikes bill makes the streaming of unlicensed material a felony with a prison sentence of up to 5 years.  In its current form only 10 streams of the content would be necessary to entail the maximum penalty.

Go to our campaign page and send a message to your Congressperson demanding they oppose this problematic bill.

Big Content Tries to Outflank Waning PROTECT IP Bill

The lobbyists for Big Content don't ever seem to let up, they're beginning to lose ground on the Internet Blacklist Bill (PROTECT IP) but already they're preparing their next move.  This week a "Ten Strikes Bill", which would make streaming or embedding copyrighted content a felony offense, is set for a vote by the Senate.

This bill has been proposed by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) just as she is set to speak at the Netroots Nation conference, in honor of her past support for Net Neutrality.  Lets hope the conference-goers call out the Senator for her hypocritical positions on Internet freedom.

Help us let them know they can't get away with this, email your legislator to show your opposition to this bill.

MPAA trolls advocacy group opposed to PROTECT IP, fails

We've been critical of Motion Picture Association of America for their support of the deeply flawed PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA), citing numerous possible malicious and inadvertent exploitations that the bill could be used for.  We have been using this evidence to gain support for our petition to Congress against PIPA, and MPAA's response has been to restart to ad hominem attacks on our organization rather than the substance of our opposition.

Stop by our website to check out and sign the petition that got them so angry!

PIPA advances, stalls and gives a window of opportunity

With the PROTECT IP (PIPA) bill out for revenge after the failure of COICA, Senator Ron Wyden stands out as a lone Congressional voice for calm and considered action on digital copyright infringement.  

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill move onto the floor with a stunning unanimous vote.  Thankfully, Senator Wyden has kept his ear to the ground on issues of digital due process and copyright and immediately responded to put a hold on the bill.  

While Wyden is in a tiny minority opposition amongst his colleagues, public outcry against the bill has been growing.   Demand Progress has initiated a petition against the bill with over 60000 signing it already; join us by signing it here.  And you can vocalize your opposition along with 3,000 Demand Progress members in calling your lawmakers here.

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