Spotlight on opposition to SOPA/Protect IP Act

The OTW alerted fans back in October to the introduction of bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that threatened fair use and fan practices on online sites, and later urged fans to make their voices heard regarding this alarming legislation.

There is now information about the OPEN act, an alternative to SOPA. This draft bill not only addresses some of the problems raised by SOPA and the Protect-IP Act, but “the proponents of the Open Act (Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.) aren’t afraid (and, in fact, are anxious) to hear from the many folks who care about the future of the Internet. So, they have opened up the entire law-writing process. Right now, you can go to KeepTheWebOpen.com and read the draft bill for yourself (which we encourage you to do) and make comments and suggestions to improve the draft language.”

Besides contributing your input you can also learn more about the differences in the bills from a handy chart on the site, as well as their FAQ.

For those interested in continuing to express opposition to SOPA, the EFF has suggestions on activities for bloggers and artists, as well as continuing to urge people to contact their elected representatives.