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.