January 15, 2012

We interrupt this broadcast...

… to bring you a General. Internet. Strike.

We wish this was just a joke.  But on Wednesday 18 January, it won’t be.

On that day, many of your fave Internet sites and portals — including (but not limited to) Reddit, Mozilla, Tucows, Free Press, all of the Cheezburger Network, and even Rosegarden Television — will be inaccessible due to a general strike in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), on which the United States Congress has scheduled a vote for Tuesday 24 January.

We at Rosegarden are against this proposed legislation (and its companion bill in the U.S. Senate, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA), which would have devastating consequences not only for the Internet as a whole, but also for those who are its many users (like you) and those who rely on an open Net for creativity and communication.

It is bad enough that a Great Firewall of (Mainland) China exists. We do not want one on North American soil.

You can join in the strike by 1) accessing the official Strike Against SOPA site and asking your fave site or portal to black out on 18 January and 2) adding your own site to the list.

And please plan accordingly for the rest of the day. Maybe get out of doors, visit with loved ones face to face if you can… you get the idea.

Are you in?

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