Stop Piracy, Not Liberty! Stop SOPA! Stop PIPA!

Giving us a glimpse as to what life will be like if ever SOPA and PIPA get passed, the U.S. federal government shut down today and charged 7 people connected to it with running an international criminal enterprise.

SOPA and PIPA are both awful, absurd laws, and if either of them come to pass, The Daze of My Life will be shut down and I will be immediately out of a job. Based on the laws as they currently stand, EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE I WROTE TODAY—because of a quote, picture or video I ran—would be an illegal use of copyrighted material. Yet shutting down The Daze of My Life and sites like it does nothing to stop actual online piracy, which is what these bills are purportedly trying to stop.

I never considered shutting down The Daze of My Life for the day because no member of government is going to notice if Daze goes black—Wikipedia, sure, but not Daze. It’s the same thing as changing your Twitter avatar or writing an angry blog post—it lets other people know you don’t approve of SOPA, which is nice, but it doesn’t actually change anything.

What actually changes things is by contacting the Senators and Representatives who are ostensibly representing your interests in government and telling them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and they should too. Call them. Email them. Tweet them. Let them see how many people—their constituents—disapprove of these bills. Tell them how the bill will affect you adversely. Remind them that the government is supposed to protect your freedoms, not limit them.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, please sign this petition and contact your local representative. If you want to make a difference, this is the way to do it. I’m asking YOU, personally, to take a few minutes and directly let the people who are making this decision know how you feel. Because it’s not just my job that’s at stake—it’s a great deal more.
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