Emergency NY Tech Meetup

Join us for an Emergency NY Tech Meetup:
When: Wednesday January 18, 2012
Time 12:30-2:00PM
Where: 780 Third Ave (at 49th street) – outside the offices of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

In coordination with NJ Tech Meetup. 

Dear NY Tech Meetup Member:


The future of the NY tech community is in jeopardy. We are writing to call you to an Emergency NY Tech Meetup in New York on January 18 so that we can publicly demonstrate our collective dismay at the unprecedented attack currently being made on the Internet and our industry. We will gather at 12:30 pm outside the offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand at 780 Third Avenue (at 49th Street). 

Here's why:

The Internet and information technologies have created a renaissance in startup innovation in New York that now rivals Silicon Valley as a hub for economic growth. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been inspired to become entrepreneurs creating thousands and thousands of new jobs and offering professionals in many of New York’s traditional industries the opportunity to start new careers participating in the 21st century global economy.

However, Congress is in the process of rushing through legislation which will not only severely damage the Internet as a marketplace and platform for entrepreneurship and open innovation, but will also seriously impact the ability of our New York tech community to continue to generate jobs, grow and flourish. Within the next two weeks, the US Senate is planning to bring the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) S.968 to the floor for a series of votes to ensure its passage.

This legislation would give the government and corporations the ability to censor the net in the name of protecting creativity simply by convincing a judge that a site is “dedicated” to copyright infringement. PIPA would give the government and corporations the ability to shut down any site connected to an accused copyright infringer. Its companion legislation in the House, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261, contains many similar problems, as well as threatening ordinary users with jail for streaming any copyrighted work - even just video of themselves singing a pop song.

More importantly, the legislation amounts to a wholesale re-engineering of the open web in a way that would allow the US government to prosecute Internet users without due process, which in turn would discourage innovation, limit investment, and hurt the our economic future. You can read and hear more about this dangerous and hurtful legislation here: fightforthefuture.org/pipa or americancensorship.org.

As much as we agree that infringing on copyrighted material should be eliminated from the web as much as possible, the cure that is being proposed and championed by the lobbying power of major copyright holding organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will create a cure that is much worse than the disease and irrevocably damage the very nature of the internet and by extension, the future of New York.

We believe it is imperative that we stop this bill from passage!

Therefore, please join us for an Emergency NY Tech Meetup:
When: Wednesday January 18, 2012
Time 12:30-2:00PM
Where: 780 Third Ave (at 49th street) – outside the offices of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

What to Bring: Your bodies and your minds, your entire team, your co-workers, your friends, your family, and your social networks

Who Will Be There: Everyone who cares about the New York tech industry and the future of the web. Special guest speakers to be announced.

How to Sign Up: RSVP at nytm.org/sos

You Can Tweet This: I’ll be at the Emergency NY Tech Meetup on January 18 to stop SOPA and PIPA. Join us: http://nytm.org/sos #nytmSOS

Hashtag: #nytmSOS

Thank you for stepping to take action.

Signed:

Andrew Rasiej, Chairman - @rasiej
Scott Heiferman, Founder - @heif
Nate Westheimer, Executive Director - @innonate
Jessica Lawrence, Managing Director - @jessicalawrence
And the Entire NY Tech Meetup Board

Press and General Information Contact: [masked]

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  • Will

    Was proud to be there & protest this leg. that threatens us all.

    January 23, 2012

  • Laure

    Anyone interested in celebrating- but maybe knowing if it's time to celebrate yet- should join us at CopyNight on Tuesday. It's a free mixer where we geek out on all this type of stuff, please check it out.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/event...­

    January 22, 2012

  • Azeem M.

    it turns out U.S. already has the 2008 PRO-IP Act which they recently executed to seize and shutdown megaupload.com. See: http://bit.ly/xXcNQU­

    January 21, 2012

  • Odette W.

    Great speeches and a great showing from the tech community. Having NLG Legal Observers was good.

    January 19, 2012

  • Randy D.

    thought provoking presentations!!!

    January 19, 2012

  • Regina C.

    This is democracy at work. When I looked at this page a few days ago, there were about 80 supporters and opponents were less than half of that. Look at the numbers now - 63 supporters and 122 opponents. http://projects.propublica.org/...­

    Our fight is not over, but it's being heard!

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey kids! My photos from the event are up. Check it out, there's 64 of them!
    http://mystady.com/2012/01/nytm...­

    January 19, 2012

  • Suzy P.

    here's a video of Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures, Nate Westheimer and others at yesterday's event: http://bit.ly/Abm3sV­

    January 19, 2012

  • Miriam

    I was great! I especially liked that some of the speakers acknowleged that the issue of loss of internet freedom is important to people on both sides of the political aisle. There are (unfortunately) sponsors on both sides, politically - and there are (thankfully) politicians who are fighting it from both sides as well. It truly is an issue that transcends (and unites) political factions.

    January 19, 2012

  • Sean

    Some Senators and Congress get it, some don't. Its our job to make them get it.

    January 19, 2012

  • mark p.

    full list of who's where with pipa/sopa, click face for contact info
    http://projects.propublica.org/...­

    1 · January 19, 2012

  • mark p.

    twitter/facebook info for 5 "liberal" senators supporting "pipa":
    http://www.politicususa.com/en/...­

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I made a few anti PIPA/SOPA videos which I posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very positive. It wasn't an angry protest/rally. Speakers were on point and rational. Let's hope the awareness doesn't go away.

    January 19, 2012

  • Timothy M.

    Great speakers

    January 19, 2012

  • Luke M.

    Great vibe, great turnout. Couldn't hear anything in the back, though.

    January 19, 2012

  • Peter C.

    Great job team! Jessica rocks!

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unbelievable. Amazing what power the group has. So well organized. The members who were there were perfectly professional and represented the group very well.

    January 19, 2012

  • Anni

    Great speakers, crowd, organization, and energy! Message on target and yet upbeat :-).

    January 19, 2012

  • Christine W.

    I got there late, so there was already a nice crowd that had formed at the site. The speakers I heard were good and kept the crowd involved without things getting too crazy. We also did a good job of being noticeable without getting in everyone's way. Overall I was very impressed with how well this meetup went.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, enthusiastic crowd.

    January 19, 2012

  • Ivy

    Great to see so many people out with some articulate and important points to make.

    January 19, 2012

  • Richard G.

    The meet-up was well-organized and the speakers uniformly good. I was a little disappointed in the number of people who turned out. Somehow I expected more.

    January 19, 2012

  • Bo B.

    Enjoyable, and hopefully powerful! THis is what we should be doing.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome energy. Powerful statement.

    January 19, 2012

  • Rose de F.

    So glad I attended! This was a very important opportunity to make our voices heard on SOPA and PIPA.

    January 19, 2012

  • Michal N.

    powerful moment when 80%of the crowd raised their hands to show that they work for companies who are hiring. Viva la tech industry!

    January 19, 2012

  • Kate P.

    I wish that, after the speakers, we'd just made a little verbal ruckus towards the building. Just shouted and chanted and made ourselves heard a bit more before we dispersed.

    January 19, 2012

  • Jenn G.

    Well organized and on point

    January 19, 2012

  • Roy S.

    The meeting space was OK, but there weren't enough chairs to go around. The heat in the room seemed to be broken, and the acoustics could have been better.

    I was surprised at how many NYPD officers showed up; I didn't realize so many of them were interested in tech. I assume all the trucks with the big antennas on them were to beam in some kind of video presentation, but I couldn't find anyplace where I could see the monitors, so that was a waste.

    Good food, though. Wonderful idea serving gyros at a meetup!

    January 19, 2012

  • David G.

    Awesome turnout. But one rally will not be enough. "Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty."

    January 19, 2012

  • Dennis

    This was so well coordinated, so well attended, so well conducted. Great job.

    January 19, 2012

  • Erik K. Grimmelmann, P.

    Well organized. Good turnout. Very important for all to have been there.

    January 19, 2012

  • Nichelle S.

    Great to see fellow lovers of the internet get involved in protesting SOPA and PIPA.

    January 19, 2012

  • John Paul A.

    Great protest. I'm from DC area -- NYC did an awesome job.

    January 19, 2012

  • Todd W.

    It was great seeing everyone there- pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd!

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speakers and a big crowd! Was a really successful demonstration.

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    AMAZING!

    January 19, 2012

  • Dylan R.

    The initial protest was very good and very focused. Somehow, the protest, after moving to Times Square, lost focus and began to shift away from the issues to Occupy Wall Street agendas, which is most certainly not why I attended.

    January 19, 2012

  • T.A. F.

    "This is what democracy looks like."

    January 19, 2012

  • EddieN

    I have never been more proud to be a member of the NYTM than today. Thank you ALL for attending and sending an indelible message to our elected representatives. SOPA, PIPA and the e-PARASITE Act must NOT pass. Period.

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome - huge crowd, great vibe, GREAT organizing on this important issue!

    January 18, 2012

  • Classy D

    Thanks for organizing this!

    January 18, 2012

  • Willie D.

    Great turnout and media presence!

    January 18, 2012

  • Phillip G.

    It seemed well covered, hopefully the words out

    January 18, 2012

  • Justen B.

    It really was!!!

    January 18, 2012

  • Israel

    Let the Internet be free

    January 18, 2012

  • Miriam

    It was aaawwwweeeesssssoooooommmmmeeeee!!­!

    January 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it today but we're doing our part and making it a bit easier for those who take their sites down by offering free hosting during the blackout: http://www.positive-internet.ne...­

    January 18, 2012

  • Lieve B.

    I wish I could attend! Too far away for Antwerp/Belgium. Succes with Meet Up.
    Blacked out Maresco.biz today as support to you all !

    January 18, 2012

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