The Internet has often been called the "New Wild West" because of its lawlessness and lack of adequate policing. This "free range" environment has spawned innovation, creativity and massive volumes of invaluable content. Unfortunately, the lawlessness has gotten out of hand. Just as the Wild West needed to be tamed, we need a governing force and appropriate laws to address digital problems such as copyright violations and outright theft. However, SOPA is not the answer. It threatens creativity and free speech, and many of our other personal freedoms, by granting our government the power to remove websites based on recommendations from corporations. Privacy will be sacrificed and ecommerce as we know it may come to an end.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 we will join Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Roblox, Reddit, the Wikimedia Foundation, and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch, by closing our digital doors for 24 hours. We encourage you to contact your congressman and demand that they do not support this bill.
Ride The Dark Trail -- Louis L'Amour