I urge you to prevent the Hollywood, software, and other lobbyists from taking control over the Internet for no reason than to build their own coffers. Additionally, bills like SOPA and PIPA do nothing more than allow Washington to taking down access to web sites without any due process, merely at the “say so” of a large corporation that refuses to join us in the Internet Age.
Over coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. Sadly, the original backers of this bill have promised to try to bring it out again in February with all of the backing of their corporate financiers. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture should SOPA, PIPA, and other such draconian bills ever come to pass.
My request has nothing to do with protecting or validating piracy but with protecting freedom of speech and stifling of innovation. The damage that would be done by allowing these two bills (or similar bills) to pass greatly outweighs the damage that piracy supposedly does to Hollywood and the music labels. Similarly, this bill has nothing to do with preventing piracy but rather with granting a few private corporations the ability to censor the Internet from American citizens, exactly like what China currently does to their citizens.
To allow these bills to pass would be further proof that the United States is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people. Instead, SOPA and PIP represent a government that is of the corporations, by the corporations, and for corporate profit. These are not the principles on which the United States was founded, and these are not the principles that you should be upholding with SOPA and PIPA today.