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?
Demand Progress has recently posted a video to showcase these protests and help educate others on the ills of this bill.
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.
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.
Stop by our website to check out and sign the petition that got them so angry!
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.