Links Roundup for 21 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about community actions on SOPA that might be of interest to fans:

  • The OTW first posted about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last month, and on November 16th there were protests by various groups online against the bill’s language. “This is garnering a reaction from across the political spectrum, proving that this is beyond partisan politics — this affects everyone who uses the internet, happens to be a fan of anything, and likes to tell people about it on the internet. It will start with site shutdowns, and maybe no one will go to prison or even pay a fine. But with the passage of this bill, there would be nothing stopping corporations from finding someone with a high-quality, DIY tribute video on YouTube and bringing them to court, where the government will tell that person: “Under PROTECT-IP and SOPA, you are a criminal for using this content without permission.”
  • November 16th actions occurred on various sites. Tumblr alerted its users by creating censorship bars on user accounts and then asked them to phone Congress. The effort generated nearly 88,000 calls. Reddit, 4chan, and Canvas “blacked out their logos in solidarity with American Censorship Day, a nationwide movement urging people to raise their voices in opposition.” Twitter was also active as the hashtag #SOPA was tweeted more than 54,000 times in 24 hours.

If you live in the U.S. and are part of online internet communities, or create fannish works, the OTW urges you to contact your elected representatives in Congress and let them know you oppose the PROTECT-IP Act (Senate version) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (House of Representatives). There is also a petition at WhiteHouse.gov to “Stop the E-PARASITE Act” that you can sign.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

6 thoughts on “Links Roundup for 21 November 2011

  1. Some US citizens with elected representatives do not live in the US. Some people who live in the US do not have representation in the US government.

  2. Now, I’m not a US citizen, and I’m living happily in Europe, but this SOPA business has me seriously worried. So many website I use in my fannish activities are US-based. Does it mean I’m going to lose my blogging platform, my Tumblr, and streaming access? It’s enough I get geoblocked all the time, now this…

    1. It’s a definite concern because, as you point out, where tools are based can matter, regardless of where the user is based. The fact that several large Internet-centered companies are also taking action about the proposed legislation indicates they’re aware that there could be widespread implications if they are passed as currently written. One good thing is that the word is spreading about these bills and people are becoming aware of the implications should they pass.

  3. I’m a UK citizen and am very concerned about SOPA. I’m also a member of the Avaaz organisation and signed their petition. You don’t need to be a member to sign – it’s here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/?vl

    Naturally, as a world-wide political organisation (with a small ‘p’) Avaaz are stressing the political implications of the bill, but the impact of legislation on writers, musicians, artists etc. is obvious and worrying. This is a way for non-US citizens to be involved. I have to say I find it horrifying that politicians in the US should feel entitled to affect internet users world-wide simply because they happen to host the big servers and companies. Let’s let them know how we feel!

    1. Thanks for the link, this will be helpful for those readers and visitors in a similar situation to yours!

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