Stop SOPA: The Urgent Reason MSF Will Join Many, Many Other Websites In Protest Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a multitude of websites – led by heavyweights such as Google, Reddit, and many more – will be striking as a show of opposition to the SOPA and PIPA bills in both houses of Congress.

After a discussion among many members of our writing team, and with the full endorsement of our executive leadership team, Midwest Sports Fans will be joining the strike. The stakes are too big and these bills are too egregious to not participate.

So from 8:00 am tomorrow until 8:00 pm tomorrow, any visitor who comes to any page on this website will be taken here: http://sopastrike.com/strike/.

stop-sopaI encourage you to visit the site now and pledge your opposition to SOPA and PIPA, or to first educate yourself on the bills if you are not yet aware of the harm they do if passed. (We certainly do not want anyone to pledge blind support to a cause they do not understand; be sure to educate yourself.)

Our friends at Copyblogger published a great post that highlights the worst parts about SOPA and PIPA. Here is their quick description of what the bills are, as well as the problems they will create. (Read the full post here: http://www.copyblogger.com/sopa/)

What’s SOPA?

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, written with the intent of more vigorously protecting copyright around the web. The entertainment industry wants to come down harder on file sharing and the theft of copyrighted material, so it lobbied for a draconian law to add to the many anti-piracy laws that are already on the books.

SOPA would be a sweet deal for giant music and entertainment companies. That’s why the law got written in the first place.

But it’s not a good deal for countless small businesses in the U.S., including yours.

  • Problem 1: Your site can be shut down whether or not you’ve done anything wrong
  • Problem 2: SOPA is toothless for real pirates
  • Problem 3: You are not a bad guy, but you’re the one who will get punished
  • Problem 4: SOPA is bad for the economy, at exactly the wrong time
  • Problem 5: It’s not just small business that takes the hit
  • Problem 6: It’s bad for internet security and stability
  • Problem 7: It backs the wrong horse

Read the full post, which each problem broken down, here:http://www.copyblogger.com/sopa/

There are a number of immediate actions you can take to pledge solidarity with the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement if you have learned about it similarity oppose it. Among them:

And finally, watch this video. It’s a familiar format for web veterans – the “Hitler Reacts” meme – and does a nice job of outlining the deleterious impact on free speech and the web as a whole that SOPA and PIPA will have if allowed to pass.

Understand that we did not come to this decision lightly. We work very hard to create numerous pieces of content on this website every day. We are only pulling each of these pieces offline tomorrow because we believe the best way to illustrate the negative impacts of SOPA/PIPA is to show you. And a scaled-down, less open, less creative, less informative, and far less valuable Internet for all people is exactly what will happen.

Which is why we have to stop it.

http://sopastrike.com/strike/



About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.

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