Unless you’ve had your nose buried in a book, (the only excuse we’re allowing you), you’ve all heard about the issue of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill currently being pushed through congress. Yesterday, both Google and Wikipedia showed their disapproval for the bill and the results were a bit surprising. More than a dozen congressmen have pulled their support, likely due to the influx of complaints from Interweb loving/censorship hating constituents.
In short, this bills attempt to:
“fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Proposals include barring advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with allegedly infringing websites, barring search engines from linking to the sites, and requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. User-content websites such as YouTube would be greatly affected, and concern has been expressed that they may be shut down if the bill becomes law. Opponents state the legislation would enable law enforcement to remove an entire internet domain due to something posted on a single blog, arguing that an entire online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority.”
LitStack, too, would be greatly affected. We would be shut down for linking you to books, trailers, even author blogs. This situation reminded us of those writers who came before us, who, like the thousands of websites who protested against SOPA, wrote what they wanted, what was in their hearts, fighting for something as simple as the written word. These subversive types stood up for their works and, as a result, were censored. We don’t believe that censorship, in any form, should be tolerated and so the following aims to remind you of what, just a few short decades ago, our government, (and others), deem worthy of censoring.
To find contact your representatives and voice your opinions about SOPA and PIPPA, go here. And, remember, LitStackers:
“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.”
Clare Boothe Luce