Stop SOPA!

You may not know about this…

but there are two bills in Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. What many don’t realize, if these bills pass, they would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business.   Websites like ours, would be at risk of being shut down, simply because we talk about other brands on our site.

This video helps explain more about this bill and what can happen if it passes…

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – fightforthefuture.org/pipa

Here is what google thinks about it… https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Many websites are shutting down for the entire day.  Due to the nature of our site, and the fact that thousands of people come here daily (even hourly) for information to help them save money, we have decided to keep the site up for the day.  But this post will stay at the top all day long, and we strongly plead with you to take action today!

Here is another fabulous article that links to the full text of the bill and explains things in great detail:  http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/

Comments

  • Kara

    Yes, we come here to save money but not for political purposes.

    • Amber

      Oh Kara, this is not political. In fact, all parties are coming together to fight this bill. We aren’t trying to push a political agenda AT ALL. We are trying to make all our readers aware that if this bill passes, sites like ours would be shut down (facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and many others would as well) and disappear. If you have no idea what SOPA is, I urge you to read up on it and write to your congressmen urging them to fight it. This effects you and everyone you know. Common Internet usage is effectively criminalized under this law. I would essentially be a felon for uploading a video of my daughter singing Twinkle Twinkle to YouTube. No joke. I could actually be charged with a felony and could go to prison for FIVE years! This is scary stuff that many just don’t understand the magnitude of. Go to Google.com or Wikipedia.com today and see what a big deal this is!

      • Sad enough to say Amber is 100% correct in her reply.

        This bill goes way beyond political issues. The internet as a whole is hanging on the clutches of this bill. It will allow copyright holders to come in and shut down sites without a judge, without due process. If you want to know what someone who violates copyright looks like take a look at this blog. Any company could say that this blog is unlawfully using an image, or a brand name and shut it down. It’s that serious..

        If you want to save money stop this bill because coupon sites like this would be illegal because the companies who release the coupons or the stores where matchup are posted about could claim that the blogger has violated copyright laws and shut this blog down.

  • Meaghan

    I signed! Thanks. Message from Wikipedia :For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Many other sites are doing this as well.

  • DeAnna

    It appears as though Canter has no intentions of even bringing this bill to the floor. Luckily there are still some politicians who have some sense. I don’t believe this bill will ever see the light of day fortunately.

    Thank you fru-gals for all you do!

  • lena

    Thank you for posting this! I’m so glad you are getting the word out about this. I disagree with your choice not to shut down the site because it might actually get more people’s attention that SOPA wouldn’t otherwise, but thanks for all you’re doing!!!

  • Laura

    Thank you for posting this here!!!

  • Pam

    Thank you for posting this here. I’ve shared the link you’ve posted with my Facebook family and friends. I would encourage everyone else to do the same. It’s critical to do so….

  • Jennifer

    I posted my comment below on another blog this morning and went back to see what other people had posted for comments. I was very surprised to find that I was the only one that had commented.

    I’m not necessarily a political person and I generally keep my political opinions to myself and simply just vote the way I feel (obviously, in a private booth). So, I’m wondering, how can this be legal since it’s in direct violation of our first amendment rights? (again, not political but I think I’m citing the correct amendment for freedom of speech.) I’m just throwing that out there.

    • Pam

      Jennifer, I was wondering the same thing! Yes, you’re right they are talking about First Amendment rights, however, the Supreme Court rules that commerical speech isn’t protected the same way as an individual’s speech. Language in these bills can make the website owner responsible for our (individual) speech. Essentially, this seems to be a legal way for the government to circumvent the protections we are afforded by the Constitution.

  • I’m curious if there is anything out there about the impact SOPA/PIPA might have on couponing websites? I see some calls to boycott CVS today because they support SOPA (remember it is ALIVE) … but Wal-Mart does, too as do other companies that are often featured in couponing tweets and posts.

    Is it viable that a Wal-Mart could shut down a site under SOPA for copyright infringement if you explain in detail how to leverage a simple advertised sale into a super deal using extreme couponing? I’d imagine so. You might win in court, but SOPA would shut down first and ask questions later. What if they consider some of this industrial espionage?

    Please don’t laugh. CVS supports it, Walgreens doesn’t. Does that matter? Should it? is it worth saving some money at Wal-Mart if they could take away couponing websites?

    Just curious.

  • Hi do you mind if I copy this and post this on my blog as well. So I can get the word out to my followers as well.

    • I already posted it. If you have a no copy policy please let me know and I will find another source. But this was the one that I found that explained it the best. But let me know!

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