On January 18th, 2011 The Clarion Call has been issued to save the internet with many sites demonstrating via blacking out their sites and gathering at 780 – 3rd Avenue in front of the offices of Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kristen Gillibrand Co-Sponsors of the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). S.968, so that we can physically and publicly demonstrate our collective concerns at the unprecedented attack being made on the internet and the New York tech industry by PIPA and the House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act. (SOPA) H.R. 3261
This legislation will give the government and corporations the ability to censor the Net in the name of protecting creativity , simply by convincing a Judge that a site is “dedicated” to Copyright infringer .
Most importantly, the Legislation amounts to a wholesale re-engineering of the open Web, in a way that would allow the United States government to prosecute internet users without due process, which in turn would discourage innovation, limit investment and hurt New York’s economic future.