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January 20, 2012 / Ben Simon

Just sent: “You made it happen”

I haven’t done too much SOPA/PIPA writing in this space this week due to a combination of it being well-handled elsewhere and time. However, a quick note to say: Woohoo!

This fight is most definitely not over, but being put back on the shelf in an election year is a pretty darn good start.

So, congrats to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this happen, including tons of folks here at Mozilla and even more out there in the broader interwebz land.

Here’s the victory (for now) email we just sent out:

From: Me
Subject: You made it happen

Hi there,

Great news — this morning, Congressional leaders announced that votes on both the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act have been postponed!

Make no mistake — you made this happen.

This week, more than 13 million people spoke out against these disastrous pieces of legislation, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it’s your protest and your action that made it happen.

To see some of the awesome numbers from Mozillians this week, check out this blog post, and you can see some internet-wide stats here.

There will be more that we need to do in the future on this — this fight is not over — but, for now: Thank You.


P.S. — We couldn’t do this without financial support from people like you. Can you chip in $5 or more so we’re prepared for whatever comes next?

Ben Simon
Join Mozilla Lead
Mozilla Foundation



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  1. Anonymous / Jan 20 2012 5:47 pm

    I originally sent a letter about SOPA/PIPA around the time Mozilla first got involved with the issue. I enjoyed receiving the followups about that issue, but I had to unsubscribe because Mozilla started abusing that list of addresses to send unrelated solicitations for general donations rather than just providing updates on legislative issues. I’d re-subscribe if I had any confidence that that kind of abuse wouldn’t happen again, but at the moment I don’t.

    • Ben Simon / Jan 20 2012 5:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment. Most likely that was from this page, if it was back in November?

      That signup is explicitly about SOPA/PIPA as well as other Mozilla projects and campaigns — the fact is that SOPA & PIPA are far from the only things we’re working on; we see this effort as part of our broader program — we’ve certainly sought to tie them together when we have asked for donations, but our hope is to weave a narrative across this and other efforts.

      Would love to have you back on the list, but certainly understand if you’re only interested in updates about SOPA.

      • Anonymous / Jan 21 2012 5:35 am

        No, I used a different page which directly allowed me to contact Congress, but parts of the page looked somewhat similar. In particular, the page I used had text similar to that page’s “Please keep me informed about this and other Mozilla campaigns over email”. Given the context of the page, I read “and other Mozilla campaigns” as referring to campaigns about specific issues Mozilla needed the community to take action on and help solve. Thus, it surprised me to receive a mail not long after that which didn’t raise any specific issue or action at all, and just directly asked for donations.

        I certainly don’t mean that I only wanted to hear about SOPA; that would be short-sighted. I would love to receive future mails about any other specific legal, technological, or similar issue which causes harm to the community, and which Mozilla wants the community to take action on. I simply did not wish to receive non-specific “we need money” mails; to me, those didn’t fall under the label of “Mozilla campaigns” which I signed up for. I’d hoped for something focused on actions and active participation, not on money.

        I don’t see anything wrong with including a donation request in the mails you send, such as the P.S. at the bottom of the mail quoted in this post. It just bothered me to receive a mail that specifically solicited donations without doing anything else or raising any specific issue or action.


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