Dear Hosting Providers,
- Restrict online free speech.
- Obstruct the “safe harbor” protections given to website operators by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
- Block online payment processors and advertising networks from doing business with websites suspected of infringing.
- Allow for the arbitrary creation of “blacklists” of websites suspected of infringing.
- Scare investors away from funding Internet startup companies.
- Potentially criminalize currently legal conduct.
The most troubling aspect of SOPA and PIPA is that they will do little to stop online piracy since most violators will simply open a new website within hours of being shut down.
Congress’ current session will resume soon and hold votes on these bills. If you also agree that SOPA and PIPA are detrimental to the web hosting industry it is important that you take action by contacting members of Congress and voicing your opposition. Additionally, if you want to help in opposing SOPA and PIPA by being part of a grassroots movement within the web hosting industry, you can find more information at: http://savehosting.org.
To help in this fight, cPanel is donating $ 5,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been fighting to preserve individuals’ digital rights since 1990. (https://www.eff.org). In addition, for every tweet our hosting providers post with the hash tag #cpanel4antisopa, cPanel will donate an additional $ 2.50 (up to a total donation to the EFF of $ 10,000).
Thank you for your time and effort in combating SOPA and PIPA. More information to assist you may be found below.
/s/ Nick Koston
J. Nick Koston
CEO of cPanel, Inc.
Find your Congressmen to e-mail your SOPA and PIPA opposition
Further Details of SOPA and PIPA
Christian Dawson from ServInt provides an in-depth explanation of SOPA and PIPA:
What is The SaveHosting.org Coalition about?
According to SaveHosting.org: “The hosting industry in the United States, and the security of private data in general, is under threat. Legislation that is making its way through Congress represents a sea change in the way our government has regulated data in our country. HR 1981 – for instance – would dramatically increase the logging and data retention rules for hosting companies, allowing the government access to the online habits of countless Americans.”
“The hosting industry is made up of small to medium service businesses. So as new bills hit the floor of Congress, such as last year’s net neutrality bills or this year’s PROTECT IP bill, we need to start getting worried – because we have no voice at the table. The SaveHosting.org Coalition is our first step towards trying to change that.”