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Monthly archive: September 2010

Internet censorship bill delayed, for now. Thanks for fighting it!

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is reporting that the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) has been postponed until after the election.  This is great news.  Thank you to all of you who contacted Senators Brown and Kerry asking them to oppose it! Unfortunately, they will be bringing it back, so we cannot let our guard down.  Instead we must continue to pressure the Congress to oppose this bill and other attempts to impose censorship on the internet.  If you haven’t done so already, please contact both Senators Brown and Kerry and urge them to oppose COICA: Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown John Kerry (202) 224-2742 http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ Also, please sign the on-line petition against COICA and learn more about it.

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Tell your Senators to say no to COICA

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The Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is rapidly making its way through the Senate.  COICA would allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to force ISPs to block web sites that the DOJ thinks infringe on copyrighted material.  As the EFF states: The bill creates two blacklists of censored domains. The first is longer, and includes any sites where the DOJ decides that infringement is “central” to the purpose of the site. The bill gives ISPs and registrars strong legal incentives to censor the domains on that list. The Attorney General can also ask a court to put sites on a second, shorter blacklist; ISPs and registrars are required by law to censor those sites. It avoids due process and has no judicial review.  COICA is a censorship bill, plain and simple, and is counter to our 1st Amendment rights. As TechDirt points out, had this bill been law over the last hundred years, many of the technologies and industries we take for granted would have been considered illegal such as: Hollywood, the recording industry, radio, cable tv and mp3 players. Please contact both Massachusetts Senators and urge them to oppose COICA: Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown John Kerry (202) 224-2742 http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ and sign the on-line petition against COICA.

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Cool video on the harmfulness of ACTA

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A cool video explaining why the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would be harmful to us all. Please forward widely. You can find the video at: http://youtu.be/qlFyoEKV0dE

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Freedom Rally was a blast and we are nearly official

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Chris and Clay did a fantastic job organizing our effort at Freedom Rally. Through their efforts, we signed many more voters than we needed to qualify as a political designation.  We will be submitted the paperwork once we have all of the supporting materials we need from the cities and towns where our voters are registered.

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Help spread the Pirate Party message at Freedom Rally on Saturday

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We will be handing out fliers about the Mass. Pirate Party and signing up members at MassCann‘s Freedom Rally on Boston Common this Saturday, September 18th. We need your help! Chris Reynolds will be coordinating our volunteers at Freedom Rally.  We will be there from noon until at least 2 pm. To sign up to help, call or txt Chris Reynolds at 617-320-4946 or email him at catsandcampers at comcast dot net.  Thanks!

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