We know it is easy to read news about the possibility of our rights being restricted and dismissing it with a “oh yeah, that’s not really gonna happen or that’s not gonna be a problem for me.” – well now we are under fire on the topic of supposedly protecting copyrighted material on the internet.
We are standing on great times of change…history is truly in the making as we as individuals continue branching out with the use of the internet to create a bridge of global connections never before experienced.
With this gain of great knowledge and singularity, comes great responsibility. Don’t fool yourself that you have nothing to do with this or won’t be affected…this can become a serious infringement on our freedom of speech.
In a letter from our web hosting company comes this message and we felt it was well expressed and want to share it:
You may have heard about Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently under consideration in Congress. If passed, among other things, SOPA requires Web hosting companies like 1&1 to police websites in
order to prevent them from communicating copyrighted information on the internet.
The US government is currently reviewing SOPA and PIPA as possible ways to prevent unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials available on the internet. These current proposals, if passed, would allow for significant
interventions into the technological and economical basis of the internet.
This could put the vast benefits and economic opportunities of entirely legal and legitimate e-business models at risk. Generally, companies offering technological services should not be forced to be the executor of authority in such matters.
If they were to act upon every implication of content infringement without any judicial research into the actual usage of its customers, the integrity behind their customer’s freedom of information and speech would be enormously harmed.
1&1 Internet, Inc. has worked through associations and with related companies to ensure that these aspects are taken into account. Thus, we welcome the serious consideration by the US Congress of the potential harmful effects on Internet freedom should SOPA and / or PIPA be passed as law, and hope the stability of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) remains intact.
We encourage every Internet user concerned about these plans to contribute to the debate and to raise their voice with their local representatives in the House or Senate. One way to express your concerns could be to use one of the websites that emerged to protect user interests in the current legislative debate, such as http://fightforthefuture.org/.
At 1&1 we support you, our customer, and an open internet. (End excerpt)
At the Fountain Of Wellness we support an open internet, open source, and especially open minds!
Pay attention my global friends, just because many call it conspiracy theory, doesn’t mean it won’t happen or be used to greatly infringe upon our ability to cooperate and connect across the globe.
This is too important, not to take action.
Contact www.fightforthefuture.org and add your voice.
Celebrate your freedom!
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