An Open Letter To Washington Against SOPA From Top Tech Leaders

SOPA- Stop Online Piracy Act- A Threat To Internet
SOPA- Stop Online Piracy Act- A Threat To Internet

We’ve all had the good fortune to found internet companies and nonprofit in a regulatory climate that promotes enterprenuership, innovation, creation of content and free expression online.

However we’re worried that the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act- which started out as weel-meaning efforts to control piracy online- will undermine that framework.

These two pieces of Legislation threatens to:

  • Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what user link to, or upload this would have a chilling effect on innovation;

  • Deny website owners the right to due process of Law;

  • Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and

  • Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the internet.

We urge the congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let’s not deny the next generation of Entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunity that we all had.

 

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape
and Andreessen Horowitz

Mitchell Baker, c-founder of Mozilla Firefox

Sergey Brin, co-founder Google

Jack Drosey, co-founder of Twitter and Square

Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flikr and Hunch

David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

Arianna Huffington, co-founder The Huffington Post

Chad Hurley, co-founder Youtube

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet

Elon Musk, co-founder PayPal

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay

Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia foundation.

Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter

Jerry Yang , co-founder of Yahoo.