We hope you enjoy your trips to the Blushing Books blog and Web site. If you’re like most people, you come here because you enjoy downloading books to your e-reader. You’re likely tech-savvy and rely on the Internet for more than just shopping for books. But imagine for a moment if a large number of the informative and entertaining sites you visit and enjoy on a daily basis were shut down or altered to become mere shadows of what they are today – sites like Craigslist, Wikipedia, Twitter and more.
It could happen if corporate-backed lawmakers pass two pieces of legislation you should know about. Senate 968 (PIPA) and HR 3261 (SOPA) are being touted by supporters on the flimsy argument that it will stop piracy, but in fact these two bills will allow powerful interests to decide what you read, watch and hear online.
The list of supporters of PIPA and SOPA are your typical corporate fat cats. The entertainment industry supports the legislation. So does FOX News head Rupert Murdoch. Other supporters include Walmart, Rolex, Tiffany’s, Visa, Mastercard and TimeWarner Cable.
The list of those objecting to this attack on your Internet freedoms are the sites you probably use on a daily basis, like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Etsy, Tumbler, Mozilla and groups like the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.
This week, Web sites like Craigslist, Wikipedia, Word Press and others started a massive campaign to alert users to the threat of these two bills. The results have been encouraging. Due to the overwhelming response by Internet users just like you, politicians who were supporting PIPA and SOPA have reversed their position.
But that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop fighting.
The next step for the proponents of PIPA and SOPA will be an attempt to modify these bills, but these bills don’t need modification; they need to be killed before they go any further. So we’re asking you – our Blushing Books readers – to call or email your legislator today and demand that he or she support your right to access Internet information.
You can find out if your legislator supports PIPA or SOPA by going here. We hope you will. Any infringement on the Internet can be a slippery slope to lawmakers telling you what you can and cannot see and read online. Censorship should never take place in a free society; we hope you will get involved today.