Concern is widespread in East Tennessee over the SOPA Act. There is good reason to be concerned and starting at 1pm this afternoon Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social networking site Reddit, will host a telethon to drive constituent phone calls to Congress in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act. He’ll be commenting live on the ongoing House Judiciary Committee hearing on SOPA.
Internet users can watch and participate by visiting fightforthefuture.org/telethon and tweeting #sopatelethon and #sopa to comment on the bill and the hearing.
“This legislation affects my entire industry and livelihood. We never would’ve been able to start Reddit if SOPA were the law, and I worry about all of the future innovation we’d miss out on if it were to pass. And I have no idea what I’d do with myself,” said Alexis Ohanian.
SOPA would kill tech jobs and stifle innovation, undermine cyber security, censor the Internet in America, and give comfort to foreign regimes that seek to censor the Internet in order to undermine political speech and dissent. If it passes, social networking sites would need to police their users’ content more aggressively, sites would be shut down with negligible due process, and people could be jailed for posting copyrighted content (like background music and karaoke videos). This recent New York Times op-ed serves as a good primer on the bill’s failings.
Internet users who want to oppose SOPA can also visit AmericanCensorship.org to email or call their members of Congress in opposition to the legislation.
Information provided to the Knoxville Progressive Examiner by: demandprogress.org
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