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Petition Against SOPA & PIPA

There have been a number of blogs posted on ActiveRain (on Tammy, Fred and Katerina's blogs to name three) recently talking about the Stop Online Priacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)

Both are well intentioned, but poorly crafted.  Both proposed acts in Congress would increase the ability for the government to censor free speech.  Both bills give the courts and the government significant power to shut down a web site if trademarked or copyrighted material is found on a web site. 

This would make running a web site like ActiveRain that has user generated content like say blogs nearly impossible.   

Today a large number of websites like Wikipedia and Google are showing their lack of support for SOPA and PIPA by "blacking out" in one way or another.

Learn about SOPA and PIPA on your own and if you decide sign a petition, visit Fight for the Future, and contact your local congressmen.  Each of these web sites will help you find who you should be speaking with.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsNikesh Parekh • January 18 2012 09:49AM


I contacted my congressman's offices, both in Minnesota and DC, and his staff says they are not aware of his position on the bill.  They claim that they will notify me if he thinks up a position.  Since he says nothing, I suspect that he is not too worried about stifling freedom of speech.

The bills in their present form restrict, burden, and punish the wrong entities.  If passed and implemented, the effect would be like holding GM responsible for bank robberies when the criminals used a Chevy as a getaway car. 

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. almost 9 years ago

I have mixed emotions on these bills.  As you said they are "well intended" and while I see people jumping on board to sign the petition I don't see anyone offering a better "crafted" idea.  And I do understand the need to stamp out piracy and when documents are posted that threaten our national security I do believe the government should be able to take them down.  I'm gonna call Paul Brouns office and see how he feels about the bills and if perhaps he can have an alternative suggestion.  Perhaps if someone "reported" some post with stolen material to some authority that happened to be on AR they could contact the hosting source and have you immediately take down that account or if you refused take down the site.  There HAS to be a middle ground here because too many people are criminals and get away with it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago

Thank you Niki...

I'm gonna have to keep an eye on your Blogging. Damn informative stuff and explains why Google freaked me out this morning. Lol.

Hi Tammy. How's my girl?? :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh - I've been following SOPA & PIPA for months now - they are direct threats to all of us that use the internet, and, as I understand the legislation, AR would be severely at risk from provisions in the legislation and there would be no practical way to deal with that risk that would leave AR anywhere near its current form - our community would become untenable. One of the best sites for information that I have found is - alas unavailable today as it is participating in the protest. Thanks for posting this - your voice will certainly bring more attention to this issue.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 9 years ago

It's unbelievable that this is actually 'trying' to move forward.  I don't see it happening, I really don't. People are going to stand up and protest.  More thanks.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 9 years ago

Nikesh - I appreciate you clarifying your bloggers words. I though that they had a pretty good view of how it will affect us.  Truth is... the well intentioned bills will greatly change our freedoms which is really sad. Though meant to protect it doesn't appear it will do so.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 9 years ago

Nikesh -  Thank you for this valuable information.  We should all be concerned about this type of government involvment.

Posted by Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR, SRES - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow (RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio) almost 9 years ago

We cannot leave this up to the elected officials to do what is best for the rest. They are guided by the wrong things. I want my freedom from big corporations buying elected officials ... that is what would happen here!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) almost 9 years ago

Nikesh, you used three words that should never be used in the same blog, well intentioned and government.  But I guess that is better than using common sense and government in the same blog :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh. Thanks for posting this. I already contacted my congressman to vote again SOPA and PIPA. I am not happy about this government intervention which will restrict our right to freedom of expression without government intervention. It affects all who use ActiveRain, Wordpress, and Youtube. That would be US. Thanks for posting this important information :)

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Get real people.  The gubment has been looking for YEARS for ways to censor the internet.  That is the intent of these two legislations.  A petition to stop that?  We can try, but will they listen?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

We are very fortunate to live in a democracy where we have a vote and a voice in the process.  Most countries in the world don't have this.  It's important that our voices be heard on this and other things that you care about.

Given the low number of people that vote and the even lower number that reach out to their congressman or woman, we have a surprisingly large amount of power and influence!


Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) almost 9 years ago


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Nikesh - Agreed as well and will contact our congressman as well..... This is scary stuff in my humble opinion...

Posted by Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the mention Niki, just caught this! Appreciate it and hope we did some serious damage against this bill last week! :)

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 9 years ago

Niki: Thank you for putting this out there for us to share--makes me feel good that I can easily make the statement I want to and maybe help stop this invasion of our internet lives.....I just hope there is something that is less invasive and more effective in getting the real problem solved. 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Niki:  I think you are correct in stating that these two bills were well-intentioned, but poorly crafted.  They were also written with very little idea of the consequences they would ACTUALLY bring if they were to become law.

BUT... that is what we all too often end up with... when we have folks who may have very little idea about what they are doing... but they (the legislators) still jump into it with both feet.

This will continue to happen as long as we have such an influx of new folks coming into Congress like they presently do.  Sure, there are rules as far as how old Representative and Senators must be to run for office, and rules about their residency.  Unfortunately they are still able to fake it while running for office... using as much "PAC" money as they can amass to paint themselves as "the next best thing."  This "unlimited PAC money" decision is such a sham.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Niki -


At the expense of sounding like I am tooting my own horn, I want to put the link of my 4th post on the PIPA/SOPA situation here. I hope you will accept my reason why I added the link here.

The laws for protecting copyrights are already in place. If folks are going to speak to elected representatives, they may use the arrest of MegaUpload CEO Kim Dotcom, as outlined in my post, as an example of why WE DON'T NEED SOPA or PIPA.


Dear Government -
The laws seem to have worked against MegaUpload.
Signed, A Freedom Loving Concerned Citizen

Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 9 years ago