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November 22, 2011 / Ben Simon

SOPA/PIPA Update

Last week’s action on the Stop Online Piracy & Protect IP Acts were a huge success — I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on what you all accomplished, where we are now legislatively, and a little bit about next steps.

First, here’s what last week’s actions generated (not just Mozilla):

–More than 1 million emails to Congress
–More than 80,000 calls to Congress
–A tremendous amount of media attention on opposition to this legislation

Additionally, there have been nearly 65,000 Mozillians who have signed up to participate in our efforts on this issue going forward. One particularly awesome representation of just how many folks are participating on our end can be seen by taking a look at this string of tweets: http://mzl.la/tmjCPL

So what has this all gotten us? Well, two things, at a minimum:

1) It’s changed the conversation in DC. Whereas before last week, SOPA’s proponents expected quick and easy passage through Congress, our combined actions last week have shown a lot of people in Congress that voting for this is not a slam dunk — there are real reasons to oppose it, and there will be a price to pay for supporting it.
2) It’s activated a large segment of people — both in the US and abroad — to speak up and to say they want to continue to do so. This will allow us all to continue applying pressure going forward (which we must do in order to make sure neither of these pieces of legislation pass as currently written).

And where do we go from here? Legislatively, there’s some talk that the Senate could try to move PIPA as early as next week, while it looks like the next movement on SOPA is a committee markup currently scheduled for mid-December.

We’re still figuring out exactly what form the next Mozilla action will take (please chime in in comments with ideas if you have em!), but we’ll definitely be asking for your help again soon.

Also, one question we’ve seen from a few places is what you can do if you aren’t a US voter/resident. By far the most important thing you can do is blog/tweet/etc. and get the word out about this — it would have consequences outside of the US, so anything you can do to help is important. Additionally, Avaaz has set up a global petition, which is a great way to add your name in a way that will get seen in the US.

For more information on SOPA/PIPA in entertaining video form, you can check this out, and, if you haven’t yet done so, please make sure you’re signed up to take part in Mozilla’s efforts going forward.

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  1. Dave / Nov 22 2011 3:32 pm

    Yeah, this seems like a bad idea to push this through on just about all accounts.

  2. hamdouch / Jan 22 2012 12:53 pm

    If this capability already exists, why do we need SOPA and PIPA? The reason that was given publicly is that sometimes it’s hard to actually find the people responsible for rogue sites. But it seems that after some investigation,

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