November 16th, 2011

Ranty Time!

Please oppose the Internet Blacklist Legislation (PROTECT IP and SOPA)

[Send your own letter to Congress]

Dear [Senators and Representatives],

I am a constituent and I urge you to reject the Internet Blacklist Bills (PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House). Please join Senator Wyden and other members of Congress, such as Representatives Lofgren, Eshoo and Issa, in opposing it.

As a Software Engineer and networking expert, I can assure you that this bill, if passed, would have devastating effects on the security and stability of the Internet. This poorly-thought-out legislation would allow a single individual to take down entire sites such as YouTube, Twitter or Flickr with one infringement notice concerning a single video or photo. YouTube has millions of visitors viewing millions of videos every day. Can you imagine what the Internet would be like if one person could single-handedly block millions of others from accessing legitimate content, with the force of law?

I was also very disappointed to learn that the hearing conducted earlier today consisted of 5 media witnesses and only one witness from the technology sector. This hardly seems fair and balanced; without a thorough understanding of the serious technical issues this bill creates, and the costs it would impose on nearly everyone but large media companies, Congress simply cannot make an informed decision.

Again, I urge you to oppose the PROTECT IP Act / Stop Online Piracy Act. Please protect our Internet from this very serious threat to free expression.

Best Regards,