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January 18, 2012, marked the largest response to internet legislation in history, proving that the voices millions of people are louder than the millions of dollars spent. So many people contacted Congress on that single day, in fact, that Congress’s servers went down. Within 48 hours, SOPA (in the House) and PIPA (its Senate cousin) were both shelved. You won.
But this story isn’t just about these two bills. You showed Congress that you have a voice. Today, copyright reform is a real possibility and every member of Congress knows that they need to have a good answer on the issues you care about.
The collective action a year ago today marked an important change in the debate here in DC. Up until then, Big Content had been able to sell just about any change in law – no matter how collaterally destructive – in the name of stopping copyright infringement.
So while today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of an enormous achievement, we cannot stop there. In the past year, Public Knowledge has been working tirelessly to promote a positive agenda to reform copyright so that it encourages creativity, innovation, and speech. Although we remain vigilant about the next SOPA or PIPA, thanks to you we are also pushing common sense copyright reform in a way that simply has not been possible in the past.
Thank you for helping to change the debate in Washington last year, and for helping change copyright for the better this year.
For more information, videos, and analysis on these bills, visit the SOPA/PIPA issue page.