Your regularly scheduled Follies have been interrupted today to bring you an important message. Congress is about to pass a bill which could shut down my blog, your blog, other sites we all love like Pinterest, Tumblr and LiveJournal. It could make you a criminal for posting a video you created, if someone doesn’t like the music playing in the background. This bill blacklists first, and asks questions later, if at all. This bill is no joke.
Please take a moment to read this and send a letter/make a call/ pass it on. The voice of the people must be heard on this issue. Thank you.
Google knows it. Viacom knows it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it. Internet democracy groups know it. BoingBoing knows it. But, the Internet hasn’t been told yet — we’re going to get blown away by the end of the year. The worst bill in Internet history is about to become law. Law is very real here in the United States and legal language is often different than stated intentions — this law would give government and corporations the power to block sites like BoingBoing over infringing links on at least one webpage posted by their users. Believe the EFF, Public Knowledge, Google when they say this bill is about much more than copyright, it’s about the Internet and free speech everywhere.