SOPA

Assuming this is not your first stop on the internet today (but if it is, thank you, glad you can make it) you’ve probably been inundated with a constant stream of SOPA/PIPA related news and how if it was to happen 90% of the websites we love would disappear and we wouldn’t be able to tweet Ron Swanson quotes or post Jay-Z lyrics on Facebook to woo the ladies. As today is the focal point of many online protests, here’s one that includes some pretty damn famous people, ones that the bill is suppose to protect from the terror from the interwebs and those dastardly digital pirates. See, they are among the millions that have used the internet rather successfully in building that fame and know its not about stealing babies and forcing kittens to do dumb things on video (ok, that last one is debatable).

I should probably apologize now for the misleading title, I have no proof that Neil Gaiman formed this group or that Aziz Ansari has any flame based superpowers (I did try to look it up on Wikipedia, but… yea). Joined by Mythbuster Adam Savage, rockers and YuoTube superstars OK Go , Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and, the guys from Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) they present an open letter to Congress opposing the bill.

Diplomatically, they are “grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works,” but clearly state that it is more damaging than it is helpful. “We are deeply concerned that PIPA and SOPA’s impact on piracy will be negligible compared to the potential damage that would be caused to legitimate Internet services,” they write.

Take for example, oh I don’t know… the crappy photoshop I did for this article. Under SOPA it’s very very illegal, multiple copyright infringements (not to mention lazy use of the clone tool). With PIPA in place Nerdbastards.com could be shut down permanently because of it, without due process. It took me 5 minutes, but it could cost me 5 years in jail.

Personally, I just want to thank the undersigned for using their louder (cause they are famous) voices for this. Hopefully it’s loud enough to shut down this maddness.

Fight the good fight, famous folks or as Adam Savage says,  “It’s clobberin time!”

Hit the jump to read the full letter.

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NOTHING if SOPA & PIPA aren’t stopped. If these controversial pieces of legislation were to pass you could say goodbye to amusing collections of funny shit on the internet, like Nerdy Bits.

Above: The Joy of Tech illustrate the internet blackout of 2012, happening today in protest of the damaging legislation SOPA and PIPA. And while yes, the blackout could help get you laid, you won’t be able visit many of your favorite sites. Here’s a list of websites currently blacked out in protest. (Laughing Squid)

Don’t know what SOPA , or it’s sibling PIPA, are? Let’s educate! What is SOPA? by Gizmodo gives a great and easy to understand explanation. But so does this animated clip from The Oatmeal, and it involves jet skis and koala/goat love, making it much more amusing.

Do your part to stop SOPA and PIPA. As of now SOPA has been shelved, but it’s not dead, it could rear its ugly head again. PIPA, it’s Senate counterpart is still going strong. Call your senator and tell them you want to keep the internet a cool, hip place where we can laugh at Arnold Schwarzenegger parodies and Skyrim memes until we too take an arrow in the knee.

Please guys, do it for the LOLcats.

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