Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing...
- George Eliot, English Novelist (1819-1880)
What a wicked political system it is when the big money of Hollywood can buy off politicians and get them to support something as wrong-headed as an assault on the very freedom of the Internet.
SOPA gives the U.S. Attorney General the ability to throw an “Internet death switch” on any website just as easy as obtaining a court order. No jury needed, the AG and a judge become a two-person judge, jury and executioner.
Hollywood’s money has bought the most powerful members of the House and Senate and left opponents of SOPA outgunned, but in a beautiful form of fighting fire with fire, we may see some of the most popular sites on the Internet choose what’s being called “the nuclear option”.
When the home pages of Google.com, Amazon.com, Facebook.com, and their Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress the next day on SOPA, you’ll know they’re finally serious.
Source: CNET’s Declan McCullagh
An unbelievable collection of many of the most popular sites on the Internet stands opposed to SOPA, along with many founders of the web, think tanks, industry associations, academics, experts, entreprenuers and the list goes on and on. Pretty impressive when you look at just how much of the Internet is speaking out against this bill.
Here is a very handy map listing Congresspeople who have come out on record either for or against SOPA, to which you can respond accordingly: