WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joshua Lamel, Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition, released the following statement on the 5-year anniversary of the internet blackout that fueled a protest by millions of Americans and forced Congress to reject legislation that would limit the freedom of expression online.
“Five years ago, millions of Americans across the country came together by harnessing the power of the internet to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The internet blackout resulted in 10 million petition signatures, more than 8 million calls and 4 million emails to Congress.
“These bills threatened what comprises the very essence of the internet – freedom of expression. SOPA and PIPA would have comprehensively changed how the internet works by facilitating online censorship, increasing cybersecurity risks, and crippling both investment and job creation in the internet economy. Thanks to the unprecedented online protest, Congress rejected SOPA and PIPA and protected free speech and innovation on the internet.
“The support for free speech online remains as strong as ever. We urge Congress and the new Administration to continue to enable creativity, innovation and freedom of expression on the internet.”