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STOP THE SOPA BILL! #SOPA #PIPA

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The Vote for this Bill is scheduled for Jan 24th.

If you don't know what SOPA is, or why you should care, please visit the link below and you'll get all the answers you need. Basically, It would be an end to sites like this one! PLEASE TELL CONGRESS NO!

http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html

PLEASE HELP STOP SOPA! Contact your state representatives and tell them NO! Let your voice be heard before it's too late.
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SOPA DEFEATED!

Hi everyone!

A big hurrah to you!!!!! We?ve won for now -- SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today -- the votes we?ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled.

The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game. You were heard.

On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday. See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.

This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.

The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled. ??This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,? MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ?[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.??

?'This is altogether a new effect,' Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing 'an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically' in the last four decades, he added."

Tweet with us, shout on the internet with us, let's celebrate: Round of applause to the 13 million people who stood up - #PIPA and #SOPA are tabled 4 now. #13millionapplause
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From the owner of Godaddy to yours truly...read on.

Discussion Notes
Office of the President Response
Dear Scott,

Thank you for your email.

Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. We are also not supporting the PROTECT IP legislation and would like to provide you with the real history of our involvement with SOPA.

Prior to the introduction of SOPA, Go Daddy published an op-ed (politico) commending the judiciary committee and supporting its efforts to protect IP and other American inventions and jobs. At its core, SOPA is a jobs bill, although members of congress who support it have done a horrible job of getting that message out. At or near the time the bill was introduced, Go Daddy submitted a "statement for the record" which supported the concept of the bill, but called for some improvements.

We have worked tirelessly with the judiciary committee since the bill was introduced to implement improvements to the bill. Those changes are reflected in manager's amendments (which are available online), in the manager's amendment summary published by Chairman Smith (also available online), and in many of the approximately 50 amendments that were proposed at the December 15, 2011 mark-up (which is set to resume mid-January), some of which were adopted.

While the common perception is that Go Daddy supported SOPA in its entirety, the reality is that, as we have testified and stated numerous times, the bill, as introduced, was a good start but had some fatal flaws that would need to be fixed. The version of the bill that exists today is a huge improvement over the original, and we are proud of the role we played in representing the interests of the Internet community (voluntarily and without compensation) when some of our friends in the ecosystem were not willing to engage in constructive discussions. Still, as of today, not all of the flaws we identified (both on our own behalf and on behalf of concerned providers, intermediaries, users, and others) have been cured, and therefore, we withdrew our support.

We also participated in Wednesday's protest, on the lower portion of our homepage, www.GoDaddy.com, we showed a black banner that contained this message: "Go Daddy & many other Internet leaders oppose SOPA & PIPA - MORE" this linked to the following page that has more information, http://support.godaddy.com/godaddy/go-daddy-many-other-internet-leaders-oppose-sopa-pipa/?ci=56582

Thank you for your service to our country, should you have any further concerns please let us know.

Regards,

The Office of the President
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