Many critics of these bills are people and organizations who know and understand the internet's potential for increasing human knowledge and freedom.
4freeCLE does not do politics, but it relies on a free and open Internet. There are already ways to protect intellectual property rights, and you can learn about them via resources linked to thought Intellectual Property tag, but only if someone hasn't shut down our site because a third party comments on a blog entry with a link to what might be someone's IP.
Thus, this particular issue is of interest to 4freeCLE, and should be of interest to you.
For more information ... the following links may be illegal under SOPA/PIPA since they may link to material that is under copyright. How would I know? How would I be able to give you this site if I had to run due diligence on the current content of a site I linked to in the past?
- Statement from Wikipedia editors announcing decision to black out
- Wikimedia Foundation press release
- Blog post from Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner
- Wikipedia's articles on SOPA and PIPA
- Electronic Frontier Foundation blog post on the problems with SOPA/PIPA
- Why is Wikipedia staging a blackout and what is SOPA?
- Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves
- Wikipedia blackout over US anti-piracy bills and FEATURE: Websites blackout over 'SOPA censorship', from Al Jazeera
- Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest, from the Los Angeles Times
- Google Rallies Opposition to Murdoch-Backed Anti-Piracy Bill, from BusinessWeek
- SOPA protest: The Net strikes back, from Politico
- Wikipedia blackout a 'gimmick', MPAA boss claims, from the Guardian
- Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader and Why we're taking Wikipedia down for a day, from the New Statesman
- Internet-wide protests against SOPA/PIPA are kicking up a storm, by the Hindustan Times
- SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know, from CBS News
- Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills, from the New York Times
- Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard, from Ars Technica
- Why We've Censored Wired.com from Wired