My Letter to my Congressman/Senators on SOPA/PIPA
I know I said I’d black out for the day, but I think this is important, considering I’ve asked my followers to email their lawmakers to urge opposition to these bills:
Dear Mr. Blunt,
I’m writing today to urge you to vote ‘no’ on the SOPA/PIPA anti-piracy bills.
There are many reasons why this bill is unacceptable, chief among them the power it gives to the government to fundamentally alter the infrastructure of the Internet. Such action has the potential to hinder the functionality of the web by severing the connection between domain URLs and numerical data addresses that many programs rely on. The DNS system is the foundation of a functional internet, and breaking it could have catastrophic consequences for the country and its economy.
Also important are the implications for free speech and censorship, as this bill would give many entities the power to censor content that they find objectionable to their particular political agenda via improper use of content blocking powers. The manager of reddit.com, Erik Martin, has recently gone on record stating in his prior career with an independent film company, he received numerous erroneous requests to remove content that his company had posted on Youtube, content that they themselves produced. The potential for abuse is real, and is another reason why this bill should be scrapped.
Another important consideration would be the necessity of large and important US-based tech and media corporations to move offshore, and taking the jobs they create with them, if this bill were to be passed. Google, Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia, and others would have to consider a move of this nature to preserve the rights they currently have under the law. Do we really want to encourage our most innovative companies to relocate internationally?
I hope you’ll do the right thing on this bill. You need to send a message to Hollywood that the rights of the American people are worth more than $95 million dollars in campaign contributions.
Thank you for your time.