[Libs-Or] Ask your Representative to vote “NO” on SOPA

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 13 12:40:33 PST 2011

your Representative to vote “NO” on SOPA
Posted on December 13,
by Corey W <http://www.districtdispatch.org/author/corey-w/>| Leave a

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The clock is ticking and the time to act is NOW to STOP SOPA! On Thursday,
December 15 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
on the Judiciary will meet to
potentially vote in committee on H.R.
3261 <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.112hr3261>, the “Stop
Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. This egregious bill, introduced in October by
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), not only threatens the future of the Internet as
we know it, it jeopardizes protections currently enjoyed by individual
citizens, as well as libraries. The bill has the potential to do
significant damage in a number of ways – including the possibility of
criminal prosecution of a library for streaming, censorship of internet
activity, invasion of privacy rights, and even threatens national cyber
security, among others.

*With less than 48 hours to markup*, what can you do? You can ACT and it’s

   1. *Call your member of Congress* – we’re targeting the members of the House
   Judiciary Committee <http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html>.
   However, don’t hesitate to call your own member even if they are not on the
   committee. The louder and farther the reach of our message at this critical
   time the better!
   2. Easy, step-by-step instructions on how to place the call, along with
   talking points to communicate your position, are all available at the ALA’s
   Legislative Action Center’s (LAC) special alert titled “*Ask your
   Representative to vote “NO” on
   *(Talking points included!)
   3. Please complete the LAC “feedback” card after you act.
   4. Tell your colleagues and friends (via email, twitter, Facebook,
   blogs, etc.) that you *acted* to help protect the future of the internet
   on behalf of libraries and those you use them and forward this message or
   *send them the alert* so they can act, too!

*Additional Related Information:*

   - Although a Manger’s Amendment to bill H.R.
was submitted on Monday, December 12 by Rep. Smith, the revised
   language addresses only some of the many significant concerns raised. The
   ALA had sent a
the U.S. House Judiciary leadership raising specific copyright-related
   concerns on behalf of libraries.
   - Late last week Reps. Issa (R-CA) and Wyden (D-OR) introduced draft
   bill language for the “Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade
   Act” or OPEN. In the spirit of openness and transparency, they created a
   web site *www.keepthewebopen.com* allowing the public to review the
   draft text and comment. The ALA, as member of the Library Copyright
   Alliance (LCA <http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/>), sent a
thanking the congressmen for the draft bill and for their inclusive
   public process. (More attention will be devoted in the coming days and
   weeks to this draft bill language *after* the markup on SOPA on
   - Our friends at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) have done a
   terrific job collecting the letters to Congress, In the Press and on
the list
   of organizations and individuals opposing
   if you’d like to track what others are saying.

Calling your U.S. Representative to ask them to *vote “NO” on SOPA* is easy
and an effective way to advocate for libraries and those we serve!

Corey Williams
Associate Director, Office of Government Relations
American Library Association


*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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