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Why CollegeRecruiter.com Stands With Craigslist to Oppose SOPA and PIPA

One of my favorite Internet pioneers is Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. He’s smart, self-effacing, motivated more by doing good than making money, and cool enough to get energy by working as a customer service representative for Craigslist rather than as its Chief Executive Officer. The guy really walks the walk rather than just talking the talk.

Thanks to my oldest kid and people like Craig, weeks ago I became aware of two bills working their way through the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that are very, very dangerous to every Internet user and every Internet site except for the very small number of advocates who have tried without much success to portray themselves as sheep when in fact they’re acting as wolves. Here’s a short video from Craig that explains the situation:

Craig has done a great job of getting word out about this problem and also providing some great tools for those who want to voice their opposition effectively. At Craigslist, he’s built a page that summarizes the issue, outs some of the supporters of the bill, praises some of the opponents of the bills, and lists and describes tools you can use to tell your Representative and Senators not to pass these bills. President Obama has vowed to veto them, but vows like that sometimes fail to happen and can be overridden by super-majority votes. Here’s what Craiglist has written:

Corporate supporters of Senate 968 (PIPA) and HR 3261 (SOPA) demand the ability to take down any web site (including craigslist, Wikipedia, or Google) that hurts their profits — without prior judicial oversight or due process  — in the name of combating “online piracy.” 

PIPA and SOPA authors and supporters insist they’d only go after foreign piracy sites, but Internet Engineers understand this is an attempt to impose “Big Brother” controls on our Internet, complete with DNS hijacking and censoring search results. Incredibly, many Congress Members favor this idea.

<RANT>Try to imagine jack-booted thugs throttling free speech, poisoning the Internet (greatest of American inventions, the very pillar of modern democracy), and devastating one of the our most successful industries. Totalitarian, anti-American, massively-job-killing nonsense.</RANT>

Tell Congress you OPPOSE Senate 968 “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) and H.R. 3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA):

Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)

Opponents of PIPA and SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)

Where does your Member of Congress stand on PIPA and SOPA? (Project SOPA Opera)

PIPA and SOPA Are Too Dangerous To Revise, They Must Be Killed Entirely 

Congress needs to hear from you, or these dangerous bills will pass – they have tremendous lobbying dollars behind them, from corporations experts say are attempting to prop up outdated, anti-consumer business models at the expense of the very fabric of the Internet — recklessly unleashing a tsunami of take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora’s jar of “chilling effects” and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences.

Don’t believe it? Monster Cable has labeled craigslist a “rogue site,” earmarked for blacklisting and full-takedown under PIPA — resale of stereo cables by CL users reduces Monster ‘s new cable sales. (reddit).

There is still time to be heard. Congress is starting to backpedal on this job-killing, anti-American nonsense, and the Obama administration has weighed in against these bills as drafted, but SOPA/PIPA cannot be fixed or revised — they must be killed altogether.

Sen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep Ron Wyden (D-OR) are championing an alternative to SOPA/PIPA called Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) that addresses foreign sites dedicated to piracy, without disrupting basic Internet protocols, or threatening mainstream US sites like craigslist.

Tim O’Reilly, a publisher who is himself subject to piracy, asks whether piracy is even a problem, and whether there is even a legitimate need for any of these bills

Learn more about SOPA, Protect IP (PIPA), and Internet Blacklisting:

 

 

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