DEMAND PROGRESS, FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE PRESENT MORE THAN 500K ANTI-CENSORSHIP SIGNATURES TO CONGRESS DAY BEFORE HEARING ON INTERNET CENSORSHIP BILL

Hold press conference with Reps Issa, Lofgren, and orgs opposing Stop Online Piracy Act day before House hearing

 

Contact: David Segal: DavidAdamSegal@Gmail.com and (401) 499-5991

 

WASHINGTON, DC-- Demand Progress and Fight for the Future today joined Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Darrel Issa (R-CA) and representatives of a half-dozen tech policy and civil liberty advocacy groups.  

 

Demand Progress's David Moon presented more than 500,000 signatures from Internet censorship opponents collected by DP and FFTF in opposition to HR. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  The bill will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.  DP, FFTF, and other opponents object to provision that would allow the government to block users' access to websites accused of copyright infringement, jail users for uploading streamed content, and require social media sites and blogs to go to new lengths to police users' contributions -- threatening the very existence of sites like YouTube and Twitter.

 

Congressman Darrell Issa noted, "We believe that the thoughtful way to attack piracy...is going to have to be considerably different from the current bill."

 

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren said, "We've had an explosion of innovation and creativity in the Internet space and part of the reason why is the basic legal infrastructure that allows that innovation to occur." She continued,  "[If this bill were adopted] the implications for our economy, for job creation, for innovation, would be dire."

 

According to David Moon -- speaking on behalf of Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, "Rank and file Internet users weren't consulted in negotiations before the introduction of this bill.  They're not going to be allowed to testify at tomorrow's hearing.  But we brought more than 500,000 of  them with us to Congress today.  Opposition to this legislation is snowballing -- on the Internet and in the halls of Congress.  The bill's sponsors need to heed these rumblings before they're overtaken by the pending avalanche."

 

Internet users can urge their members of Congress to oppose SOPA by clicking here:

 

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/sopa/

 

Tomorrow Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and hundreds of other sites will participate in an Internet-wide day of protest and encourage Internet users to contact Congress.  More information can be found at www.AmericanCensorship.org

 

Footage of the press conference may be found at:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kXotz0BWRw