Old 12-13-2011, 04:56 PM

I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit:

"███████ ██████ to ██████, you can't ████ tap ████ on the ████████ ███████. You ████ to hit ████ ████ a ████████████, and ████ you'll ██████ you've got █████ ██████ █████████."

SOPA, or "Stop Online Piracy Act", is a bill that will allow the U.S. government to seek court orders against sites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringing material. If you post something on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or anything else, the government would be able to take legal action against the site. The sites obviously don't want this, and what this bill will eventually lead to is censorship of the Internet. For those of you who don't know, most democracies, including the United States, are founded on the principle of freedom of speech, which is clearly outlined in the First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights.

SOPA is being voted on by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee this Thursday, and is very likely to pass. Once passed, it will move out of the committee, and the entire House can pass it at any time. Remember, the government is supposed to represent the people, and we don't want this at all. Unfortunately, the government is run by corporations with politicians in their pocket, which is why this has a very good chance of passing, but we must do what we can to keep this thing down. If we can stop it here, we can end it forever.

Some of you may be saying to yourselves, "I don't live in the United States, so this doesn't affect me!" Well, it does. Many websites such as Facebook and YouTube are based in the United States, so they fall under the government's jurisdiction, and if this bill becomes law and one of these websites violates it, the resulting action will affect people around the world.

So I come to you, asking for your help. Please visit http://www.americancensorship.org and call or write an email to your local Congressman making your point. In addition, you can spread the word on social networking sites and on other forums.

I know this is unrelated to G7 specifically, but it's a global announcement because it CAN affect this site and is incredibly important in determining the future of online communications. We live in a republic and we need to make our voices heard, because it's the only way these politicians will listen.
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