SOPA Call to Action Today...

From: Bret M.
Sent on: Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:56 AM

For those that haven't heard, SOPA is proposed legislation that is going to be voted on TODAY. Below is a letter that was sent to NY Tech Meetup about it.  

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Dear NYTM Community Members –

 

Our mission is "To support and advance the New York tech community for its people and the world".

To that end, NYTM believes it is our duty to inform you about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which we believe poses a direct threat to our community of coders, creators, makers, builders, founders, investors, and leaders of tech in New York.

We believe SOPA threatens to undermine the very nature of the open internet and will expose you and your companies to significant legal liabilities.

SOPA is slated for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on THURSDAY. We urge you to take action TODAY to help stop SOPA.

****Here’s The Most Important Thing You Can Do:**** 

Step 1: 

CALL CONGRESS – you can use the simple, automated service at http://americancensorship.org/ - Tell your Representative that you want them to vote NO on SOPA. 

Step 2: 

SHARE THAT YOU CALLED – share that you called on Twitter, Facebook and whatever other platforms you use – encourage others to call as well 

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****Need More Information?***

If you want more information about SOPA, check out these resources:  

  1. General overview and ways to take action: http://americancensorship.org/
  2. SOPA infographic from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2011/12/07/sopa-business-infographic/
  3. Letter submitted to Congress by Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and others: http://www.protectinnovation.com/downloads/letter.pdf
  4. Blog post from Albert Wenger at USV: http://www.usv.com/2011/11/help-protect-internet-innovation.php
  5. Blog post from Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter cofounder: http://yancey.tumblr.com/post/14144797713/defeat-the-stop-online-piracy-act
  6. NY Times opinion piece by Rebecca McKinnon: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/opinion/firewall-law-could-infringe-on-free-speech.html?_r=2 

****Other Ways You Can Take Action****

 

  1. Tell the world you work for the internet by adding yourself at: http://iworkfortheinternet.org/
  2. Sign the petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet
  3. Send a letter to Congress: http://www.engineadvocacy.org/voice/about.html

 Thank you for stepping up to take action to support the tech community! 

Sincerely,

Andrew Rasiej, Board Chair, NYTM

and the NYTM team

 

 

 

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