SOPA Blackout: Help Stop Internet Censorship!

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A key bill currently before the U.S. Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its companion bill in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), need to be torpedoed ASAP.

At THG, we normally refrain from such overt political messages, but the fact is these bills would censor content and impose harmful regulations on millions of people.

Legions of Internet users and entrepreneurs oppose SOPA and PIPA, and for good reason. They would enable the government to - indiscriminately - regulate the web.

If these bills pass, which is a real threat, the web will be transformed dramatically. Not only are the livelihoods of sites like THG at risk, but behemoths like Google.

Google! Check out their SOPA "blackout" logo today in defiance of the legislation:

Google Blackout

In a nutshell, the bill would enable easy, and unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small ones won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves against corporate giants.

Big media companies may seek to cut off funding for competitors, even if copyright isn't infringed. Millions will be suppressed, strong-armed and blacklisted - LEGALLY.

Combating piracy of intellectual property is a worthwhile goal, but there are fair, effective means of achieving it without broad government overreach into our lives.

SOPA and PIPA are not it. In fact, they will do just the opposite, quashing the innovation of small businesses everywhere while rewarding a select few arbitrarily.

The only PIPA we like is Pippa Middleton. The only SOPA we care about is ... we have no joke for that one. It hits so close to home, we can't even think straight.

Follow this link to make a call to your U.S. representative. It only takes a minute, they connect you immediately. Or follow this link to join Google's effort.

Stand up for individual liberty or the Internet as you know it may be altered forever.

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CENSORSHIP IS BAD FORE THE U.S.A.

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More big government? No way!! This is more of the Obama regime just wanting more control over the people. Stop Socialism!

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Is it not enough already the government needs to watch us !!!! in our country...its like we live in a so called free country being watched...they need to pull their heads outta their a$$ and look to these other messed up dammed people and countries...I know our fore fathers are rolling in their graves....

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I am also a young internet user, Halie, and I agree. STOP SOPA AND PIPA! We have rights! This is America! This cannot be allowed!
check out this link!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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There are more important things than PIPA and SOPA, such as ending wars and poverty. PIPA and SOPA are violating the freedom in Internet, and they are affecting students the most.

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This is an outrage. Internet has always been my main source for most things. I do not want anything to be censored.
This is not acceptable.
I am an 11 year old, fighting for the Internet.

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Don't let the government censor our internet! They have to right to control some aspects of our life (which is arguable) but the INTERNET? It's not right, and it shouldn't even be legal. I will NOT stand idly by and let the government control my life. We have put an end to things we didn't like in the past, and we can put an end to this insane bill that insane people are trying to pass. We WILL NOT BE chained up, we are a FREE COUNTRY! And I should NOT have to TELL the government this, it's common sense! If you can, join the Anti-Pipa websites. If you can, protest! Before the government makes protesting illegal too! Even if no one stands by my side, even if I am all alone, I will fight, BY MYSELF, a 19 year old student, to give America what it was founded on--FREEDOM.