• ProductionYear: 2012
  • Runtime: 5
  • Topic: None
  • Catalogue Number: 3548

WILL YOU LET THEM CONTROL YOUR FREE SPEECH?

  • DEEP DISH TV SUPPORTS THE ACTION BY WIKIPEDIA DESCRIBED BELOW AND WE JOIN WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN REMOVING OUR CONTENT FOR ONE DAY TO PROTEST EFFORTS BY CORPORATIONS AND THEIR POLITICIANS TO THREATEN FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET AND TO ENHANCE THE POWERS OF THE STATE TO SILENCE OPPOSITION VOICES. We are a non-profit and do not lobby for or against any legislation. But we think this threat should be dramatically brought to the attention of the people of the U.S. <b>Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge</b> For more than a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. About the action The Wikipedia community has blacked out the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours on January 18th to raise awareness about legislation being proposed by the U.S. Congress — <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOPA">the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)</a> in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act">PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)</a> in the U.S. Senate -- and to encourage readers to speak out against it. This legislation, if passed, will harm the free and open Internet. If you are in the United States, let your congressional representative know what you think of the proposed legislation by clicking here. The blackout will last 24 hours -- from midnight to midnight EST (05:00 UTC Wed to 05:00 UTC Thu). This decision was made by Wikipedia’s global community of editors -- the people who built Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, also opposes SOPA and PIPA, and supports the editors' blackout. SOPA and PIPA are real threats to the free and open Internet. Although recent media reports have suggested that the bills are losing support, they are not dead. On January 17th, SOPA's sponsor said the bill will be discussed and pushed forward in early February. PIPA could be debated in the U.S. Senate as soon as next week. There is a need to send a strong message that bills like SOPA and PIPA must not move forward: they will cause too much damage. Although the bills have been amended since their introduction, they are still deeply problematic. Among other serious problems in the current draft of the bills, the requirement exists for US-based sites to actively police links to purported infringing sites. These kinds of self-policing activities are non-sustainable for large, global sites - including ones like Wikipedia. The legislative language is ambiguous and overly broad, even though it touches on protected speech. Congress says it's trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the "cure" that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease.

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