Pending in the United States legislature are two bills, closely related, that are designed to grant broad, new powers to the government in the name of fighting piracy and theft on the Internet. These bills are known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, HR 3261, Wikipedia) and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA, S 968, Wikipedia). You've probably heard about them by now.
Dreamwidth Studios is a small American business that earns its livelihood on the Internet. We provide a space for the creation and sharing of legal content and in no way support or condone piracy or the theft of Intellectual Property. Laws like SOPA and PIPA, if passed, pose a very real and serious risk to the continued viability of sites like ours. If you are a United States citizen, we urge you to please take a few minutes and contact your elected officials about this legislation:
If you are not a United States citizen, you can still help. Spread the word about these laws. If passed, this will not just affect people who live in the US -- it will affect everybody who uses web sites based in and/or owned by American businesses.
We believe that this message is in keeping with our Guiding Principles, which include:
Freedom: We believe in free expression. We will not place limits on your expression, except as required by United States law or to protect the quality and long-term viability of the service (such as removing spam). We will provide you with tools that make creativity and free expression easy. If, at any point, we have to place restrictions on your expression, we will tell you why, and work to find the best solutions possible.
We believe that these laws pose a very real risk to our ability to deliver on that belief. We stand against these laws and hope that you will join us.
Thank you for reading.
Mark Smith, co-owner
Denise Paolucci, co-owner
Dreamwidth Studios staff and volunteers