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An open letter
We’ve all had the good fortune to found Internet companies and nonprofits in a regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online.
However, we’re worried that the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy — which started out as well-meaning efforts to control piracy online — will undermine that framework.
These two pieces of legislation threaten to:
- Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users 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 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 opportunities that we all had.
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
- Mitchell Baker, co-founder of Mozilla Firefox
- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
- Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square
- Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
- David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
- Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
- Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
- Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube
- Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet
- Elon Musk, co-founder of 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!
To help protect Internet innovation please visit: engineadvocacy.com/voice