Craigslist SOPA Opposition Lands On Their Front Page – American Entriprise Speaks Out!

HR3261 & S968 are
threatening CL and
the rest of your
Internet. Most of
the web sites you use
strongly oppose these
bills. Find out why, and
how you can help put
a stop to this madness
before it’s too late!

The above is direct from their servers. CL is an eBay property, which is PayPal… This is not a minor player in the world of main stream Internet users.

Craigslist SOPA Opposition lands on their front page.

“and the rest of your Internet”



Corporations whose lobbyists drafted SOPA and PIPA want the ability to block you from reaching any web site they feel hurts their profits — without due process, or review in any court — by hijacking DNS (!) and censoring search results. Hoping you won’t notice until it’s too late, Congress is preparing to give them that right.

For example, Monster Cable considers craigslist a “rogue site” for takedown under PIPA – they want to prevent YOU from selling YOUR unwanted cables, by removing craigslist from the Internet entirely, so they can increase their sales of new cables! Many other “rights holders” want to be able to do the same. (Boycott anyone? There’s an app for that.)

SOPA/PIPA authors and supporters insist they’re only fighting “piracy,” but Internet Engineers understand that this is an attempt to impose China-style government control over our public Internet. Hmmm, who should we believe?

Let Congress know you OPPOSE H.R. 3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and S. 968 “Protect IP Act” (PIPA):

Supporters of SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, Nike, Pfizer, Walmart, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, News Corp, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, Time Warner, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)

Opponents of SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)

Where does your Member of Congress stand on SOPA? (Project SOPA Opera)

SOPA and PIPA Are Too Dangerous To Revise, They Must Be Killed Entirely 

Congress needs to hear from you, or these dangerous bills will pass – they have tremendous lobbying dollars behind them, from corporations experts say are attempting to prop up outdated, anti-consumer business models at the expense of the very fabric of the Internet — recklessly unleashing a tsunami of take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora’s jar of “chilling effects” and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences.

There is still time to be heard. Congress is starting to backpedal on this job-killing, anti-American nonsense, and the Obama administration has weighed in against these bills as drafted, but SOPA/PIPA cannot be fixed or revised — they must be killed altogether.

Sen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep Ron Wyden (D-OR) are championing an alternative to SOPA/PIPA called Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) that focuses on cutting off payments to foreign sites dedicated to piracy, and refrains from disrupting basic Internet protocols, or threatening mainstream US sites like craigslist.

Tim O’Reilly, a publisher who is himself subject to piracy, asks whether piracy is even a problem, and whether there is even a legitimate need for any of these bills.

Learn more about SOPA, Protect IP (PIPA), and Internet Blacklisting:


My thanks goes out to the people over @ criagslist. This notice will get the attention of the mainstream moderate Internet users. It is a public service.

American Enterprise…….

The people at Craigslist make no mistake about their position and have real world examples of what it could mean for them a real American enterprise, part of a publicly traded and regulated corporation. In light of this they know what they are saying to users and shareholders,  this is dangerous territory.

Who is thinking about bailing out of tech stocks in a big way? Is todays American tech stocks going to plummet as a result of short term uncertainty and most certain legal issues for as long as they operate on the “Internet” as we may come to know it….?

Google is rumored to be contemplating this: Google May Break Ties With US Chamber Of Commerce Over SOPA

“Sources close to Google claim that the search giant is mulling the possibility of breaking ties with the US Chamber of Commerce. The issues stem from the Chamber’s strong support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and Google’s staunch opposition to it. SOPA and the E-PARASITE provisions from the US House would essentially saddle Google and other tech firms online with the task of policing web sites for copyright-infringing behavior.”

Yahoo as already ditched them, they (U.S. Chamber of Commerce ) are a very powerful lobby group who have many members with deep pockets, both in Hollywood and media, and in Washington as well.

Why would Google complain about having to mow the lawn and weed the garden on their piece of cyberspace? Saddled with the cost of commanding such a large audience, you have to trim the yard. You see Google does not object to it being possible, the objection is the cost to implement and maintain the policing. Google USA and Google China both gave Google some operational experience in how to regulate such things. Now I guess it is time to use the public funds raised to do the policing and still be good to shareholders.

If they need help I am sure alphabet agency will send in the brass and show you how to do it right.

What good might come of this is a new kind of American TV. It would be made up of people living their lives, sharing their experiences, entertaining, doing business, teaching, learning, and lets be honest untold amounts of bandwidth wasted on fools in front of web cams.

If things continue the way they are, you might just get a criminal copyright infringement notice if you webcast, upload, or fileshare you living your life but a can of Coke or, Frosted Flakes, or perhaps a song was playing while doing so, was inside that footage with out prior written agreement,  well buddy you are busted.

Content filters will detect it, your speech, words,  background music, facial data….  They might even let you try to upload it just to get you on something. They could cut your VOIP communications to nothing if there where triggers to the content filters monitoring your calls that would shut it down. Because the music playing in the background tripped the algorithm and flagged the call.

About your private speech…… Show me it. The net is no longer private, never really was.

Hats off to Craigslist for doing this. Please do share this information with the world.

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