Raging Grannies Come Out Against SOPA/PIPA

from the don't-upset-your-grandmother dept

Even a group of (very politically active) grandmothers have come out against SOPA/PIPA. They note that it's rare that they agree with internet companies like Google & Facebook (they've protested both companies in the past), but that this is a very important issue to them:
The language in both of these bills is written with a very broad paintbrush. Their passage would have a huge impact on the work of human rights advocates who speak out against injustice on sites that could easily be labelled “rogue” websites. It’s a slippery slope when censorship reigns.

The indymedia network that thrives on open publishing (and our favorite www.indybay.org here in the San Francisco Bay Area) would be subject to censorship, defeating the very purpose of its existence. Similar platforms created to provide anonymity to whistleblowers could become major casualties of these bills.

All to save Hollywood’s bottom line?
They specifically call out California's two Senators for supporting such bad legislation. Either way, at this point, it's getting tougher and tougher to find anyone who actually supports these bills.

Filed Under: barbara boxer, dianne feinstein, grandmothers, internet, pipa, protect ip, raging grannies, sopa

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    Marcus Carab (profile), 14 Jan 2012 @ 9:30am

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    As a domestic .org, indybay would be immune as a target under Sec. 102 & 103, but as site that could potentially be called an information location tool, they may end up on the hook to help enforce such action against a foreign site.

    I think one of the big problems with SOPA/PIPA as written would be the steady expansion of what sorts of domestic sites have to "participate", as it were, in the squeeze on foreign sites. I wonder: how long would it be before some company claimed that even a blog like indybay or Techdirt can't link to a sopa'd site in their coverage of it? Not long, I imagine. And that would be a step on the path towards requiring all blogs to filter those links from their comments, at which point you have a de facto national blacklist.

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