Stop the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

Dear Thomas,

Since the dawn of broadcasting, our free speech has been dominated – and largely controlled – by the powerful corporations that control public airwaves and the shows they carry.

Real free speech on the Internet is a profound, existential threat to these media giants and the politicians they own. So they are desperately trying to seize control of the Internet with obscure bills called "SOPA" in the House and "PIPA" in the Senate.

Tell Congress: Stop the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

SOPA and PIPA would wreak havoc on the technical infrastructure of the Internet, and threaten thousands of Internet businesses which are truly creating jobs.

More importantly, these bills would give big corporations and the Attorney General the power to shut down websites large and small that somehow link to copyright violators, whether through their own posts or even visitor comments.

How on earth can a website – ours included – monitor thousands or millions of links that accumulate over the years? And why should a single link be sufficient to shut down a website or force a bankrupting legal battle with a giant corporation?

Tell Congress: Stop the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

No corporation should have that power. And no Attorney General should either – just think of Alberto Gonzales, who abused his vast powers by authorizing warrantless wiretaping and torture, then lied to Congress about it.

Websites large and small are fighting SOPA/PIPA, including Wikipedia and Google. Some are even going black for a day of protest.

President Obama opposes "legislation that reduces freedom of expression" and urged Congress to pass a bill that narrowly and carefully targets foreign piracy.

We’ll reserve judgment on any future "compromise" bill. For now, we must tell Congress loud and clear:

Stop the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

Thanks for all you do



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2 responses to “Stop the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

  1. WizardG

    The thing about the elite and their 1% solution is that they already own and control the whole country and many other countries to boot! I have observed throughout the years a constant struggle by the “good” citizenry, to correct the wrongs the elite ultra-wealthy powermongers inflict on us. They are well ahead of us in strategy and capabilities. It appears that they always have been, and judging by the overwhelming ignorance of the populace, they always will be.
    They already own the Internet even if all things U.S.A. is supposed to be owned by “We The People” in theory. We should own the oil, diamonds, gold and everything else pulled from our nation’s land, but the elite claimed it first, just as they claim everything else, and it works for them to have that mentality built into the creation of this, their system, and built into the minds of the populace.
    So again we find ourselves fighting over and over for the same things (The things we are supposed to already have)! The people will suffer. Some will be jailed, some beaten, and some will even die for temporary gains, but as always, the elite will prevail and much to their (the elite’s) advantage, the ignorant populace will be praying and counting on an invisible fairytale-type character to save them, or if nothing else, allow them to live in a better place after death. The question then would be, “Are the elite going to run heaven alongside the lord-and-savior of the ignorant”? Only in your dreams people! Only in your dreams.

  2. Renelda Moorehead

    @WizardG–You needn’t go there–God is Good; all that comes from God is Good. But criticism without one viable solution is worthless. I have seen and believe that there are more solutions than there are problems; and if one is not part of the solution then one is part of the problem. You know as
    most of the 99% know, what IS ‘the solution.’ But until we voice the
    solution(s), they will not exist. And that voicing will take a collective courage. More power to The OWS and other organizations of like mind.
    Like the song says, “…you betta find it an get behind it…”

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