SOPA is back. Well, one of the harshest and most ridiculous parts of it, anyway. The Obama Administration wants to make unauthorized streaming a felony — with years of jail time.
If this passes, sharing a video of yourself singing karaoke could land you in prison. Singing “Happy Birthday” with your family and videotaping it would be a felony. Click here to say NO to SOPA censorship.
This latest push to crack down on everyday internet activity comes from the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force1. They want to make it so that any streaming or sharing of copyrighted content could be punishable by years in jail. Just imagine. If these recommendations become law, kids could be locked up for singing pop songs on Youtube.
The prospect of teenagers going to jail for uploading their bands’ cover songs is terrifying, but the good news is that Congress is still pretty shaken up from the SOPA strike last year 2. We’ve got a good chance of stopping this toxic legislation before it gets anywhere, but we need to let everyone know, right now. So far the mainstream media hasn’t paid much attention to this, and there’s a danger that this censorship bill could fly under the radar and pass if we don’t act now.
Tell your friends like you did last year. It’s time for the web to freak out again to defend itself.
If you’re on facebook, click here to share.
If you’re on twitter, click here to tweet.
Even better, forward this email to 10 people, or to any email lists that you’re on. We can’t waste any time in getting the word out. We fought tooth and nail last year to keep the internet free from SOPA-style censorship, we can’t let this bill sneak through and kill the open web.
We’re counting on you,
-Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan
Fight for the Future
P.S. this latest attempt at SOPA-style legislation is a reminder that the fight for internet freedom will be long and hard. Can you chip in $10 today to keep us fighting for the long haul? Click here to donate.
1) Washington Post, “SOPA died in 2012 but the Obama Administration wants to revive part of it.”
2) Techdirt, “Don’t get SOPA’d is the new mantra on Captiol Hill”