U.S. - All States - Protect the Freedom of the Internet - Stop the Protect IP Act (S.968)
  • Petitioned Mark Warner

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Virginia State Senator
Mark Warner
U.S. Senate
Vermont
Sen. Patrick Leahy
North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr
Nevada
Sen. Harry Reid
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer
Virginia
Sen. Tim Kaine
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Virginia
Sen. Mark Warner
Colorado
Sen. Michael Bennet
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Ohio
Sen. Rob Portman
Missouri
Sen. Roy Blunt

U.S. - All States - Protect the Freedom of the Internet - Stop the Protect IP Act (S.968)

    1. Jeremy Guyer
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Guyer

      Great Falls, VA

 

The following concerns the vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA – S.968) and is addressed to the entire U.S. Senate, specifically those Senators currently supporting and those recieving top money for supporting the bill.

"Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be "dedicated to infringing activities." The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court." -Opencongress.org summary

(The legal intrepretation of the above "dedicated to infringing activities" could simply meaning having a single link to copyrighted material.)

 

PIPA or the Protect Intellectual Property Act will do far more harm than good with its potential to damage innocent individuals and businesses.  Our Freedoms are our natural living right and are to be protected by the American Government, not given and limited by them.  We ask our Senators to represent their constituents’ needs and seriously consider the implications and effectiveness of this bill.  Not only does  PIPA have the potential to openly negate certain Constitutional Rights including freedom of speech, it also disregards Article 1 Section 9 under Limits of Congress; the right to Habeas Corpus.  The importance of habeas corpus is illustrated by the fact that it was the sole liberty thought important enough to be included in the original text of the Constitution. 

Besides it having the potential to offend Constitutional rights it is technically ineffective.  It is easily bypassed and has the potential and history of affecting and damaging innocent business and individuals when implemented.  (http://www.cdt.org/speech/pennwebblock/index.php  , The same system that was found to be unconstitutional here and is used in China and Syria.)  We encourage the Virginia Senators and all of congress to consult the technical sector before implementing a bill that will affect their jobs and infrastructure so entirely.  Thank you.

 

Additional note:

You won't hear about this on MSNBC or FOX because their parent companies support the bill.  Most major television news outlets — MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, and NBC — have ignored this bill and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act - House of Representatives version) during their evening broadcasts. I encourage you to research more about PIPA and SOPA and sign this petition to show your support all over the United States opposing the Protect IP Act and to help keep an open and free internet for everyone. 

Additionally I encourage you to modify the letter to send to the Senators when you sign.

Resources:

Here is a list some of the organizations sponsoring the bill vs. some of the organizations opposed

◦Recording Industry Association of America
◦Independent Film & Television Alliance
◦Motion Picture Association of America
◦National Association of Theater Owners
◦Microsoft
◦Pfizer
◦Outdoor Industry Association
◦National Electrical Manufacturers Association
◦Business Software Alliance
◦Association of American Publishers
◦Ford Motor Company
◦Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
◦Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
◦American Federation of Musicians
◦Entertainment Software Association
◦American Association of Independent Music
◦Eli Lilly and Company
◦Xerox Corporation
◦Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
◦Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
◦Major League Baseball
◦CBS Corporation
◦National Basketball Association
◦Advanced Medical Technology Association
◦Beam Global Spirits &Wine
◦National Football League
◦Johnson & Johnson
◦News Corporation
◦Warner Music Group
◦Estee Lauder Companies
◦Greeting Card Association
◦Adidas America
◦Acushnet Company
◦ABRO Industries, Inc.
◦1-800-PetMeds
◦1-800 Contacts, Inc.
◦Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
◦Bose Corporation
◦Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
◦Burberry
◦Electronic Components Industry Association
◦HarperCollins Publishers
◦Kekepana International Services
◦LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
◦Nike, Inc.
◦Nintendo
◦Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
◦Timberland Company
◦Tiffany & Co.
◦Comcast
◦Walmart
◦AFL-CIO
◦Merck
◦National Fraternal Order of Police
◦National District Attorneys Association
◦National Criminal Justice Association
◦Viacom
◦Council of State Governments
◦International Association of Fire Fighters
◦U. S. Chamber of Commerce
◦Disney

Opposed:

◦Google
◦Demand Progress
◦Yahoo Inc.
◦American Association of Law Libraries
◦American Library Association
◦Human Rights Watch
◦EDUCAUSE
◦Public Knowledge
◦Special Libraries Association
◦New America Foundation
◦Reporters Without Borders
◦Electronic Frontier Foundation
◦Association of College and Research Libraries
◦Center for Democracy and Technology
◦Demand Progress
◦Visa
◦American Express

Some Links

www.google.com

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show

http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html

http://americancensorship.org/

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/money - Money Trail 

http://engineadvocacy.tumblr.com/

http://www.itsagadget.com/2011/11/sopa-and-pipa-are-headed-for-failure.html

http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/page.aspx?pid=463

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Great Job the last few days!!

      Jeremy Guyer
      Petition Organizer

      In a couple days the sheer amount of people calling into Senators offices as well as companies like Reddit and Wikipedia blacking out their websites helped bring massive awareness to this cause and we went from having 5 Senators opposed to being just a few shy of having the majority opposed. I caught a clip on the Daily Show the other night where Senators were discussing the bill and admitting they have no idea what it does or how it works, and maybe they should consult with some nerds before they move forward. That should tell you plenty right there. Thanks for your continued support and always stand up for what you believe in!

      "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
      "Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened."
      -WINSTON CHURCHHILL

    2. White House rejects DNS provision, Senate revises bill

      Jeremy Guyer
      Petition Organizer

      The White House administration's recent rejection of the internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA have to do with the use of DNS redirecting and that if the previous versions of the Bill were implemented it would interfere with the Government's hacking and anti-hacking security measures.
      (Remember Obama also said he wouldn't sign the NDAA with the anti-Constitutional and authoritarian provisions yet he still did.)
      Our current President has no moral courage and cannot be trusted to protect our civil rights. The White House's concern being it's own digital power hold and not to protect our right to a fair trial if accused of crime, freedom of speech and freedom of knowledge and ideas.

      "Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chief sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, said Friday he is removing a major provision of his bill that would force changes to internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement."
      http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/dns-sopa-provision/

    3. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • chelsea stone ROANOKE, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This Bill infringes on human rights; it is way too extreme.

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    • Jeremy Guyer GREAT FALLS, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      With how often news and information are skewed or censored according to what the parent companies' interests are and with how often our current government and congress are swayed by special interests, I see this as being a recipe for corruption.

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    • Dylan Britt CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      To stop the SOPA/PIPA acts from passing. They will mean the end of the internet.

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    • kevin vargas STERLING, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because i want to stop the tyranny in this country

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    • Kevin Foster BLACKSBURG, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because SOPA and PIPA are merely censorship in disguise. that ing .

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