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This article was published on December 11, 2011

    Avaaz petition against SOPA receives over 1 million signatures

    Avaaz petition against SOPA receives over 1 million signatures
    Nancy Messieh
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    Nancy Messieh

    Lesotho-born and raised, Nancy Messieh, The Next Web's Middle East Editor, is an Egyptian writer and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. Fol Lesotho-born and raised, Nancy Messieh, The Next Web's Middle East Editor, is an Egyptian writer and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. Follow her on Twitter, her site or Google+ or get in touch at [email protected]

    It’s no surprise the majority of Internet users, with the slightest bit of common sense, are dead set against SOPA. The Stop Online Piracy Act, which we our very own Alex has already described in great detail here, could signal the end of the Internet as we know it.

    It’s extremely worrying to find that there almost 30 tech companies including Apple and Microsoft who have, in one way or another, expressed support for a law that will effectively shackle the Internet.

    SOPA puts the power firmly in the hands of the government, and we’ve seen what governments the world over are willing to do when given half the chance.

    So it’s no surprise that the Internet is fighting back. A petition on Avaaz has already received well over 1 million signatures, with new signatures coming in seconds apart, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

    There are several organizations and companies, each of which are spearheading initiatives of their own, in their stand against SOPA. Mozilla has launched a telephone campaign against the Bill, while Tumblr users placed almost 90,000 calls to congress to voice their opposition against it.

    If you want to keep your Internet-given right to crazy parodies like this, and awesome covers like this one, you might want to sign the petition, or make a few phone calls of your own, as well.