Processing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill in the US House of Representatives has been pushed back into the new year, so there’s still time to campaign against it. This bill, which builds on the PROTECT IP Act that was earlier introduced to the senate, is a major step on the way to a total control of the Internet by the copyright industry and the US government. The bill could make major sites such as YouTube and Tumblr completely unavailable in the US, which would of course suit the copyright industry perfectly since it would force the users of those sites to move to services owned and controlled by the industry. It’s difficult to even imagine the detrimental effects this could have to the Internet culture, which is based on an ethos of sharing and do-it-yourself, as a whole.
Here are some instructions on how to act against the bill:
Conveniently, a large number of US corporations sent this letter to the congress in support of the bill, so we now know which companies to boycott. There’s an ongoing effort to gather their contact information in case you want to inform them of your disapproval:
In case the worst comes to the worst and the bill passes, all is not lost, however, as there are ways to circumvent the blocking mechanisms the bill allows. One easy tool for this is the ThePirateBay Dancing! -plugin for Firefox: