Petition Hollywood to Formally Oppose SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act)
  • Petitioned David White, National Executive Director

This petition was delivered to:

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
David White, National Executive Director
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, National Executive Director
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Jim Hoffa, General President
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Taylor Hackford, President
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
Matthew D. Loeb, President
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Petition Hollywood to Formally Oppose SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act)

    1. Petition by

      S R

      Los Angeles, CA

In light of the fact that SOPA has been postponed indefinitely in the House and PIPA does not have enough votes to move forward in the Senate, I am closing this petition.  

Given the strong language coming out of the office of the MPAA I doubt this specific petition had any affect.  But, it added to the larger voice that was heard and finally culminated in the web blackout on January 18th.  This blackout is what finally turned the tide and pointed a spotlight on these severly flawed bills.

The threat of online piracy remains and we still have to find a solution for  this problem.  But, I am pleased to see that cooler heads prevailed and we didn't rush legislation that was far more harmful than online piracy.  Hopefully anything that comes forward in the future will take into account both online piracy AND "internet freedom".

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    News

    1. Closing Petition

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      In light of the fact that SOPA has been postponed indefinitely in the House and PIPA does not have enough votes to move forward in the Senate, I am closing this petition.

      Given the strong language coming out of the office of the MPAA I doubt this specific petition had any affect. But, it added to the larger voice that was heard and finally culminated in the web blackout on January 18th. This blackout is what finally turned the tide and pointed a spotlight on these severly flawed bills.

      The threat of online piracy remains and we still have to find a solution for this problem. But, I am pleased to see that cooler heads prevailed and we didn't rush legislation that was far more harmful than online piracy. Hopefully anything that comes forward in the future will take into account both online piracy AND "internet freedom".

    2. After an Online Firestorm, Congress Shelves Antipiracy Bills

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, a lot has happened since #J18 and mostly for the better. The bills SOPA and PIPA in their present form have been shelved! Now hopefully both sides of the issue can come together to create something that we can all support.

      The specter of online piracy is still very real and present and needs to be dealt with and at least this issue has really shown a spotlight on this issue. But, we cannot rush in to stop one problem that would result in problems far greater than what we sought to solve.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. #J18 - Web Blackout Day

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      Today's day of action and web blackouts will hopefully truly send the message, loud and clear, that these bills, as they are written now, will do far more harm than good. Online piracy needs to be dealt with, but these bills aren't the way to do it.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. We're Making Progress, But the Fight Isn't Over

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      SOPA is "shelved", but could come back. And PIPA is still very much alive. Can't stop fighting yet.

    7. Reddit to shut-down over SOPA

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      I know Wikipedia is also very seriously considering a similar action to protest SOPA/PIPA.

    8. NBC Universal's Own Researcher Comes Out Against SOPA/PIPA

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      This another perspective. That while piracy exists perhaps it can be dealt with in this manner.

    9. 'Nerds' Finally Get Their SOPA Hearings Over Technical Impact

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      They unfortunately will not be speaking at the official Judiciary Committee handling the bill, but at the House Oversight Committee. Admittedly it is a fairly one sided guest list. But, one of the complaints I've read in the Mark Up Transcripts is that many of the committee members claimed that the committee essentially did not have the technical knowledge to be drafting this bill. And there had not been one technical expert that had come before the committee to speak for or against the bill.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. PIPA first on Senate agenda on Jan. 24th, 2012

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      Debate on PIPA resumes in the Senate on Jan 24

    12. Union Members Sign Petition Asking MPAA & Hollywood IATSE To Oppose SOPA

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      This is another article from TechDirt, which is the site that provided one of the links in the "About This Petition" tab.

    13. SOPA Loses Steam With Hollywood Union Members

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      Well, guys it looks like we've gone mainstream. ;-)

    14. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter Considering “Nuclear Option”

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      This is good news, folks. Having companies of this magnitude will to go "nuclear" in order to protest these bills gives me hope that we defeat them.

      PS - Who have you gotten to sign this petition today?

    15. 100 Signatures!!!!

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      Well done. But, we're going to need a lot more and the best thing you can do to help is by sharing this petition with as many people as possible. Twitter, email, Facebook and anywhere else you can think of.

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Reddit Targets Alleged SOPA Supporters

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      This is a perfect illustration how a targeted actions by large numbers of people can hopefully affect change.

    18. Reached 50 signatures
    19. Who Are We Petitioning

      S R
      by S R
      Petition Organizer

      I decided that just telling IATSE was not enough. We need to tell all of the Hollywood "locals". The Teamsters, the DGA, SAG, AFTRA, WGA and most importantly the MPAA (now run by former US Senator Chris Dodd). All of these organizations together can tell Congress - "Thanks, but we can do better."

    20. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kyle Forga ELK RIVER, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because the internet is the one place I have to be free. You are taking away a lot of our rights on the internet, which could eventually destroy one of the most innovative tools in the history of mankind. You may think you're helping, but you're not. Stop this nonsense. You aren't trying to stop piracy, you're trying to take control of the one thing you can't. It's just like when The United States became a country. England was trying to control us from across the sea. The internet is a place of freedom, and you are taking that away. That is why I am signing.

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    • DD Fauatea LEHI, UT
      • over 2 years ago

      Occupy Big Government! This is far too expansive and threatening for us to sit idly by. I stand against anit-freedom. STOP SOPA!!!!

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    • Rachel Dwight RICHARDSON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      By supporting these two bills, Hollywood is essentially choking off new creative minds and thereby digging its own grave.

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    • Jenny Hicks HOBBS, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Im fighting for FREEDOM

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    • Nina Roll off ST CLOUD, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      because the internet is supposed to be for everyone. to censor one site is to destroy it completely.

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