I was going to write a long and drawn out post explaining what SOPA and PIPA are, why enacting them into law would fundamentally change the internet for Americans in a distressingly negative way, and what you could do to make your opposition heard AND counted. However, this infographic combined with this one-sheet breakdown from EFF and this easily digestible website from Google do the job much better than I could have on my own.
So, here’s what you can do right now to stop these two poorly written and ultimately draconian bills from becoming law.
The Simple, Fast and Easy method:
Go to Google’s Anti-SOPA/PIPA site, fill out the form on the right and click “Sign the Petition”.
The Slightly More Involved Method:
1) Look up your senator to find out if he/she supports or opposes.
2) Click on your appropriate representative’s photo or name to get their contact information.
3) Print out the following on a piece of actual paper, sign it and physically mail it to your Senator.
I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to oppose S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration. I also urge my representative to vote “no” on SOPA, the corresponding House bill.
Over the coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture.
4) Share this post with EVERYONE you know so they can add their voice to the opposition of SOPA/PIPA.