Paris, January 18th, 2012 – La Quadrature du Net’s website has gone dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) discussed in the US Congress1https://www.laquadrature.net/en/stop-us-online-censorship-before-acta-brings-it-to-europe”, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), currently debated in the European Parliament2https://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta.
These initiatives amount to a global attempt to censor the Internet in the name of copyright. They will inevitably lead to policies that deeply undermine freedom of speech, privacy, innovation and competition online3https://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-updated-analysis-of-the-final-version.
As citizens, we must urge our elected representatives to oppose these illegitimate and dangerous laws.
More about SOPA (Wikipedia), PIPA (Wikipedia), and ACTA (video).