I wanted to take a moment to touch on the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation currently being considered in the U.S. Congress. SOPA and PIPA would require web hosting companies, like Codero, to police websites to stop the communication of potentially copyright-infringing information over the internet. We would like to make sure you are fully aware of the potential impact of this legislation and what Codero’s stance is on this issue.
Codero strongly opposes both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA) currently under consideration. We recognize the need to protect intellectual property online; however, reasonable and well-functioning laws protecting these rights (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) are already in place. It is our opinion, therefore, that SOPA and PIPA are unnecessary and would unreasonably infringe on the rights of United States citizens to freely publish and access information over the internet.
We encourage you to do your own research and form your own opinions about SOPA and PIPA. Here are some recent articles concerning the matter:
- CNET News – How SOPA Would Affect You FAQ
- The Washington Post – SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Debate: Why are Google and Facebook against it?
- Mashable – SOPA Infographic
- Fox News – Will Amazon and Facebook Black Out The Net?
- Electronic Freedom Foundation – Updates
If you decide, as we have, that SOPA and PIPA are not in the best interest of the American people, please contact your United States congressman to share your concerns about SOPA and your United States senators to share your concerns about PIPA. You may also make your opinion known by signing the anti-SOPA petition at www.whitehouse.gov.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
Chief Operating Officer