As most of you probably know, my blog — along with many others — was blacked out for part of the day yesterday to protest two toxic bills that are going through the U.S. Congress: SOPA and PIPA. These were meant as anti-piracy bills, but the way they were written, they would have destroyed the internet’s ability to thrive while not really doing a whole lot to vanquish piracy. If these bills were to pass, big, useful sites like Wikipedia could not exist and small blogs like mine could not safely link to other sites, show videos or even have comments on our blog posts! I could be fined or my human sent to jail for sharing fun cat gifs like this one:
Yesterday’s protest was a big success, with several senators withdrawing support for PIPA, but our work is not yet done. We must continue to put pressure on our Congresshumans to make sure that the internet stays free and creative, and that real anti-piracy bills get written. Please call your senators and representatives and let them and their staff know how you feel. Emailing is nowhere near as effective as calling, so please pick up the phone. SOPA is HR 3261 (you will call your member of the House for that) and PIPA is S 968 (you will call your Senators for this one). These people cannot represent you if they do not know what you are thinking! I know many of you do not think your Congresshumans represent you anyway, but give them a chance. My human has met her Representative, kept in touch with him and listened to him speak many times and he really does pay attention.
So please keep up the good work! Don’t let the LOLcats die (and with SOPA and PIPA, this YouTube video could not even exist):
If you cannot see the video above, click here to watch on YouTube!