Ron Paul: Preserve the Free and Open Internet! Down with SOPA and PIPA!

by Ron Paul

Although Congress was back in session for scarcely more than a day last week, private citizens across the country managed to cause an uproar felt across Capitol Hill. The uproar took the form of hundreds of thousands of phone calls to both Senators and Representatives, urging them to oppose two draconian new bills that threaten the free and unbridled flow of information on the internet.

On Wednesday last week, dozens of prominent websites like Wikipedia, Reddit, and Craigslist, were blacked out in protest of two bills known in DC jargon as SOPA and PIPA. SOPA is the House bill; PIPA is its Senate companion. These bills ostensibly will combat internet piracy, and of course we also are told they will help us wage the never ending “war on terror.”

What these bills actually do is force website owners to police the internet; create entry barriers to the only relatively free and open medium of communication; and threaten to break the technological structure of the internet itself. They also violate our 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and our 4th Amendment freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.

SOPA and PIPA have been drafted not only without respect for the Constitution, but also without an understanding of the how the internet works. These bills attack the very system upon which the entire orderly organization of the web depends. Search engines, internet service providers, advertising sites, and sites with user-generated content such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter–all magnificent creations of the market– are directly threatened by these bills. They will be held responsible if even a single of their millions of users posts even one link to a website that a copyright holder claims is violating a copyright.

Note that under the bills as written, the Department of Justice or a copyright holder do not have to prove that their copyright was violated– they simply have to claim copyright infringement and an entire site is shut down. The burden of these regulations on the internet will be enormous, shifting resources away from productivity and innovation and into monitoring and censoring. It turns internet companies into involuntary tools for Big Brother government, further eroding our Constitutional rights.

As is typical of so many bills in Congress, SOPA and PIPA were not crafted to make life better for the American people, but rather were written at the behest of big business trying to enlist the federal government as its strong-arm. For example, the Motion Picture Association of America spent more than $1.2 million so far lobbying for their passage.

But the internet community is fighting back effectively, not just with websites that went black but with millions of users who expressed their solidarity. Congressional sponsors of both bills have been jumping ship in response to the outrage. The House Judiciary Committee canceled the SOPA hearing they were planning to hold last Wednesday; the House leadership announced they have no intention of considering this bill; and at the end of the week Senator Reid announced he was postponing the vote until a “compromise” could be reached. The American people are speaking, and with their continued grassroots efforts the marketplace for free ideas and communication will prevail over government controls and censorship.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DylanNandalall Dylan Nandalall

    the fact that both cnn and fox dont like ron paul is the best sign he really is for the people

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Dmlaney Dmlaney

    Black this out… Ron Paul R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution 2012!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Dmlaney Dmlaney

    Black this out… Ron Paul R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution 2012!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=makkelulu makkelulu

    So long they dont have a tatoo on their ass of beatles…

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LucienChevrier Lucien Chevrier

    Your porn is fine, bro. So long as there isn’t any COPYRIGHTED MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND!!! BWA HA HA HA HA!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TehZorzGuy TehZorzGuy

    Your porn is fine, bro. So long as there isn’t any COPYRIGHTED MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND!!! BWA HA HA HA HA!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=fastz28usa fastz28usa

    just leave my porn alone sopa!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=louie540x louie540x

    foxnews . com/politics/elections/2012/you-decide/should-someone-drop-out-gop-presidential-primary-race

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=googleboy314 googleboy314

    He just got the internet’s vote.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SLCforLIFE SLCforLIFE

    How does this man keep going? He’s so determined. I love it and I love his policies. Had my vote in 2008 and will in 2012.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Skywalker Skywalker

    EVERYONE ask your parents who they are voting for. Mine were voting for Gingrich, but are now supporting Ron Paul after I showed them what the media fails to show!!!

    Ron Paul 2012…a vote to save America

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DrPerki DrPerki

    Fox has a poll on their website on whether a candidate should drop out, and if so, who. So far, Ron Paul is in the lead, meaning it’s obviously rigged. Everybody should go vote as many times as you can to show fox we won’t make it easy for them. Youtube won’t let me post the link.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=1boardsofcanada. 1boardsofcanada .

    GO RON PAUL!!!!!
    FREEEEDDDDDOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=1boardsofcanada 1boardsofcanada

    GO RON PAUL!!!!!
    FREEEEDDDDDOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!

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  • http://www.arthurspools.com/ Above Ground Pools

    I hope you are right Dr. Paul. That we can prevail over government controls and censorship.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=cashybusiness cashybusiness

    The voting machine are rigged with 1000 votes in favor of Gingrich please call CNN and post on twitter the companies are owned by N.wo. Paul won Iowa NH and SC .. take a look at companies who run thelandesreport com/VotingMachineCompanies.htm call CNN 404-827-1500

    Please vote up and repost on twitter, youtube

    watch?v=PM7uCIq83LE&feature=yo­utube_gdata_playerf

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=cashybusiness cashybusiness

    The voting machine are rigged with 1000 votes in favor of Gingrich please call CNN and post on twitter the companies are owned by N.wo. Paul won Iowa NH and SC .. take a look at companies who run thelandesreport com/VotingMachineCompanies.htm call CNN 404-827-1500

    Please vote up and repost on twitter, youtube

    watch?v=PM7uCIq83LE&feature=yo­utube_gdata_playerf

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rh1507 rh1507

    I think that my own government is what I fear above all. They make the…so so wars happen now but I see them as simple corporate taking over of the Earth for there own gains. I can be called anything that may be wished for. I simply look for the truth behind what is told by the corporate controlled media and government to the public.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rh1507 rh1507

    Well in response to me being delusional and insane. I am indeed neither…that I know of. I have no fear nor thoughts that Iran shall nuke the States. I have a little more fear of my own government than the rest of the world. Of course if I would have been a little older then I might have feared the Soviets a little more if I really thought WWIII would happen with nukes. Reality is a little worse I think. I see a corporate ran government of mine which does what they do for the money.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=karimlours karimlours

    I would die if RON PAUL is not elected.

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