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Petitioning United States Congress

Reject the Stop Online Piracy Act

In addition to limiting the freedom of speech and press sanctioned in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act, together known as the Internet Blacklist Bills, will have a negative impact on our technology-based economic section. Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and eBay agree that the act would grant far too much power to the government by allowing it to regulate these activities. Noncommercial users would be subject to lawsuits, the penalties of which include a five year prison sentence. Sites such as Tumblr, YouTube, and Facebook would be screened thoroughly to ensure that copyrights aren't being violated. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes certain that these encroachments are eradicated but does so with a "safe harbor." The DCMA serves as our current limit on copyright infringement. However, if this new act is passed, social networking websites will be held accountable for the things published by their users. The SOPA would strengthen protection for copyrighted work, but at the expense of the liberty that all humans are entitled to.

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