We are not the only ones watching SOPA. Here's an email I received from Codero, our web host...
|Good Morning Stuart,|
As one of our valued customers, we wanted to reach out to you regarding 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 - including yours - 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.
We thank you for choosing Codero as your web hosting provider. As always, please let us know
if there is anything Codero can do to better serve your web hosting needs.
Chief Operating Officer
It's getting close. Notice that one line in particular...
...would require web hosting companies like Codero to police websites - including yours - to stop the communication of potentially copyright-infringing information over the internet.