PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet

Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – fightforthefuture.org/pipa

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year !!! That’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

Why wasn’t Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer invited to Obama’s innovation dinner?

President Obama is meeting tonight with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, among others. – Preston Gralla writes for Computerworld. – Given that the dinner is being hailed as a discussion of the president’s efforts to promote innovation, and not just as a dinner for leaders in Silicon Valley, why was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer left off the list???

MacDailyNews Take: “Because it’s an innovation dinner, dummy. And, they already booked a creepy clown. Now, if there’s ever a dinner for buffoons who were destined for a lifetime of selling used Fords, but instead lucked into unbelievably fortunate dorm assignments???

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