HR 3261 & the End of the Internet As We Know It

A new bill, HR 3261, sponsored by Lamar Smith, gives the government the power to shut down websites if even one page has any potential infringement.

It would allow copyright holders to privately sue against alleged infringing websites. Whereas the current law protects from frivolous lawsuits – this one won’t.

Inadvertent infringement by grassroots bloggers will be fodder for lawyers. Hollywood is after “piracy,” but this bill goes way beyond piracy into censorship

Expect websites and blogs to shut down in droves.

This bill, according to Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson will override “safe harbor” provisions which currently protect social websites that provide for easy takedown procedures for potential infringing materials.

With censorship of the Internet comes the concurrent loss of free speech. At the end of this article is a link that you can click to write a quick email to your rep to ask him/her not to pass this bill. The bill must never leave the House. It will only take a few minutes of your time to fill out the form with your comments.

Right Daily has the story: …Do you like interacting with your friends on social networking sites like Facebook, or looking at user-created videos on YouTube? Or simply surfing on Google to find the most up to date news and information?

Well, the Internet could get a lot more bumpy in the coming months.  Congress is considering legislation that Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said would “give the government power to censor the Internet.”

The bill by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith, HR 3261, claims to be targeting Internet piracy websites that frequently post materials that infringe on copyright law.  But it goes much, much further than that…

Bill Wilson said –

“Nobody likes Internet piracy, but this legislation is going to create a regime of Internet censorship in the name of protecting copyright.  This will particularly endanger social networking sites, search engines, and any website that allows users to upload content of being shut down,” Wilson warned.

“Why would anyone want to give government the power to shut down websites?” Wilson asked, adding, “There are already sufficient protections for copyright under existing law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.” Read more: Right Daily

Contact your representatives here so this thing never leaves the House or Fill out the petition or both.

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