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An update on SOPA and PIPA


Whether you know what SOPA and PIPA are, you might have noticed that on the 18th I, along with thousands and thousands of websites, “blacked out” in protest against the potential censorship that could be a result of SOPA or PIPA being passed.

This afternoon, I received an email from Fight for the Future updating everyone on how the SOPA and PIPA protest had a real and tangible effect on Congress.

Hi everyone!

A big hurrah to you!!!!! We’ve won for now — SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today — the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled.

The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game.  You were heard. 

On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.  See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.

This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.

The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled.  “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’” 

“’This is altogether a new effect,’ Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing ‘an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically’ in the last four decades, he added.”  

The fight is nowhere near over for websites and bloggers like me.  Show your support for freedom of speech and for the freedom of the internet and register your name on the list of people against SOPA and PIPA.  It only takes five seconds, you don’t get any spam, and you could, honestly, make a difference.  Sign up here.

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If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

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