Yesterday, January 18, Our Special Families Village and my other site ePro Virtual Assistance joined thousands of other websites, from small, personal blogs to Google, in a virtual protest of proposed legislation SOPA and PIPA. These bills are intended to stop piracy.
One of my goals here on Our Special Families Village is to sort through the literally thousands of articles relating to Special Needs each day and bring you valuable information and resources. I would never plagiarize in any way. I always give you the link to the original article so you can read further if you wish. This helps you, it helps me and it helps the sites I link to. Under the terms of SOPA and PIPA, this would be technically illegal. Our Special Families Village could be blacked out without warning. No questions asked. I would be denied my right to bring this information to you and you would be denied your right to read it. In a word, Our Village would be censored.
I urge you to educate yourselves about this dangerous legislation and contact your Congressional Representatives and Senators to voice your opinion.
Here are some excellent articles and resources:
And my personal favorite – The Oatmeal
Keep in mind that under SOPA and PIPA, providing you with these links would put me at risk of having Our Special Families Village shut down. Without warning. Without Due Process. Shoot first and maybe ask questions later.
And while it looks like the legislation as it stands will be defeated (Obama says he’ll veto it if it gets to him) that does not mean that it will go away. It will come back. Reworked, rewritten, cloaked. And we must continue to work toward a fair and reasonable solution so everyone is allowed their voice.
SOPA is not anti-piracy. It is censorship. And it is wrong.