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Although SOPA is shelved for now, it can be reintroduced at any time. PIPA is up for heated discussion — let’s speak out against it, by saying nothing at all on January 18th, demonstrating what the internet might become in the hands of an unchecked government driven by a strong IP industry lobby that tends to shoot first and ask questions later. Who will speak up for the little guy? We all should. Go dark today!

I’m all for protecting and respecting intellectual property (not so much for endless copyright), but there must be due process and there must be equivalent consequences against the copyright claimants as there are for alleged infringers.

Write your Congressman (from within the US) or petition The State Department (from outside the US) here. Infographic on SOPA, PIPA and the ongoing struggle here.

Suggested links: Map of Congressional Support for S. 968 (PROTECT IP Act) | Map of Congressional Support for H.R. 3261 (SOPA) | A .pdf of The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R.3126 | Mashable’s Why SOPA Is Dangerous article | TechDirt’s An Updated Analysis: Why SOPA & PIPA Are A Bad Idea, Dangerous & Unnecessary |

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