Infringement on our First Amendment? No more free downloads?

Congress has of late tried to pass a new law which will censor certain sites on a blacklist. These new laws, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “Protect IP Act” (PIPA), have raised some serious questions over the restrictions they may put on the internet.

If these Acts are passed, it will devastate websites like Wikipedia and Youtube; they may have to shut down permanently because of the censored items. Things they see as inappropriate for any ages will be removed. Things which written that they perceive as “false” will be torn down. Any sort of piracy for music will be censored and no longer allowed at any level. It will be recklessly unleashing a tsunami of take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora’s jar of “chilling effects” and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences.

The thing is; there are already laws and procedures in place for taking down sites that violate the law. These acts would allow the Attorney General, and even individuals, to create a blacklist to censor sites when no court has found that they have infringed copyright or any other law.

This would give anyone the power to stop a site from working. This is a violation of the First Amendment; people shouldn’t be able to stop anyone from saying what they want; it’s what our country was founded upon!

If these laws are passed, it will destroy the very fabric of the Internet, and the integrity which it has so strongly been built upon. Tell your members of Congress to not let this pass, before it’s too late!

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