BYC Is Against SOPA & PIPA

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    BYC rarely (well... never) takes a position in things like this, but in this case we need to take a stand, and BYC stands against SOPA & PIPA. If passed they could be disastrous for websites and forums like ours.

    As stated by Wikipedia:

    Quote: Emphases added because that is exactly what applies to us!

    BYC is "big enough" to be a target, but small enough not to be able to defend ourselves in a huge battle. BYC is an amazing resource because of our "user contribute content" and we shouldn't be, and can't be expected to police 7,000+ posts per day. Can you imagine the burden that would put on us? We'd definitely have to close our doors!

    Call your elected officials and tell them you are their constituent, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA.

    NOTE: Wikipedia is shutting down their entire English repository in protest against SOPA & PIPA. We encourage you to go to their site, plug in your zip code and call your local officials and ask that they do NOT support SOPA or PIPA.

    You can also sign a petition on Google's site:

    I'll be calling and hope you do to!

    -Rob Ludlow, owner of

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
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  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    If you've called, please reply and let us know!
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If I posted my honest feelings on this I would be banned. So I will leave it at I agree! It should never be allowed to happen.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
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  4. cozwurth

    cozwurth Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Franklin, VA
    Done, and done. Emails sent.
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Contacting our congressmen in our town via FB! That way they can see how many people are against it!
  6. jalexartis

    jalexartis Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, NC
    My blog stands with Wikipedia, WordPress, and many other protesters. Thanks! --jim
  7. Kay56

    Kay56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2012
    I've contacted via e-mail those in Virginia... Thanks!
  8. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I have here in Georgia!
  9. chickmama1662

    chickmama1662 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have contacted my representatives.
  10. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    I have sent this email to ever elected official in Kansas and my district!!

    "This legislation, which has good although misdirected intentions, can affect many more websites than they initially believe. Smaller websites such as my favorite forum,, is a small operation that would never have the personnel to police the over 7000 publicly posted forum responses in a day. While, most posts are not targets, we can’t hold these chicken enthusiasts responsible for the crudeness which are trolls on the internet. I am asking as your constituent that you stand behind the Whitehouse and not support the bill concerning SOPA & PIPA!"
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