Petition Against The Stop Online Piracy Act Reaches 1,000,000 Signatures
The internet has given a voice to millions of people who otherwise would have none. But this freedom to speak and the democratization of information have caused many governments and tech companies around the world to get nervous. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is one response to the freedoms brought on by the internet and many are fighting it tooth and nail.
SOPA is of course an act proposed by the US government with the backing of freedom-hating companies like Apple and Microsoft. They along with other companies have been working hard to put the bill through despite the hordes of people voicing their opinion against it. Now it’s being reported that a petition to stop the act has received over 1 million signatures and counting. The petition was started on Avaaz and reports are that signatures are coming in mere seconds apart.
Of course, it’s not just petitions that are looking to strike down SOPA; independent website and businesses have joined the battle. Mozilla for instance has launched a telephone campaign against the bill, and Tumblr has made over 90,000 phone calls in protest against it. For these companies and the millions of people signing petitions, SOPA is an evil that must be stopped. The internet has come to define free speech and in many ways represents the last bastion of it—if we lose that outlet, there will be nothing left.
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