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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Senator Will Read 100,000 Names Against Copyright Law

A US senator Ron Wyden has agreed to read out about 100,000 names of petitioners in front of the Senate in attempt to draw attention to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA, and PROTECT IP Act.

Senator Ron Wyden is going to read out a huge list of names in front of the Senate in attempts to slow down proceedings. In fact, there is still a possibility that the legislation will be passed, which can only mean heavier Internet censorship.

According to a new bill, the websites accused of a widely-defined copyright violation could be swiftly taken down. Although outfits like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Screen Actors Guild expressed their support to the proposed bill, the wider community is up in arms. Giants like Facebook and Google have already expressed their opposition against the potentially damaging implications of the law. This could mean that websites like YouTube would have their work cut out making sure that there is no copyright violation, or run the risk of being closed down.

Activists have already started the so-called “Stop Censorship” campaign, supplying names of people opposing the suggested legislation to Senator Wyden. According to them, the bill could cause people going to jail for streaming such content as copyrighted video. Meanwhile, filibusters can last for several hours if not days. They believe that even if they won’t manage to stop legislation being passed, such opposition should be highlighted to lawmakers.

Senator Ron Wyden has been the most vocal opponent of the copyright legislation. While supporters of the law were trying to claim thousands of supporters, their opponents have dwarfed their attempts with millions of ordinary citizens emailing, calling and petitioning Congress. So, reading the whole list of names of opponents of the anti-piracy law should be obvious way of making the government acknowledge the scale of opposition to this China-like copyright law.

The opposition to the bill pointed out what can happen when unscrupulous governments throughout the globe tamper with social networking websites and search engines, and even the web itself. It seems that big industry is trying to enforce China-like censorship in America, and the threat is serious enough. Senator claimed that for people who want to defend free speech and innovation, the time came to speak up.

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