Call your elected officials and tell them you are their constituent, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA. Go to Wikipedia's English site and put in your zip code and call your officials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Hello Fellow BYC Members. Currently on the table of the United States Congress is two Internet Censorship bills - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House of Representatives. PIPA stands for the Protect IP Act, and SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. These acts claim to be part of an action against piracy and copyright infringement on USA Based websites. In reality, this is the US Government trying to take control of yet another aspect of our lives. These acts would prohibit US Advertisers from advertising on the so called "banned" websites. It would also force any US Based website to remove links to the "banned" websites. This bill is a complete infringement on our rights by dictating where companies can advertise and where people can link to. On January 18th, many websites will be going on strike in protest of these bills, to show what the internet could be like if these bills are passed. Some of the participating sites are: Reddit, Minecraft/Mojang, and Mozilla (Firefox). Wikipedia is expected to join this list of sites as well. As a fellow content creator on the Internet with many Facebook pages for game servers and a YouTube Channel with nearly 1,000 subscribers, I will be joining in this strike by shutting down my sites the morning of the 18th. I urge that BYC (and the other sites in the BYC Family) also shut down on the 18th to help with the protest of these bills. On January 24th, the Congress will vote. We have less than 2 weeks to make sure that this doesn't pass. Please contact your lawmakers TODAY. NOTE: These acts are on the Table in the United States Congress, but that doesn't mean it will only affect US Based users. The majority of websites, like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and BackYardChickens, are based in the United States, but are accessed by users all over the world. If a site is taken down by the US Government, it will affect people across the planet who use that site. Just think ▬ If a BYC User links to a "banned" website, a lawsuit could be brought against BYC Owner Rob (Nifty-Chicken), and this site could essentially be taken down. For More Info: • http://sopastrike.com/ • http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa Also, Please consult the video below to give you a better understanding of the bills. Post edited to fix formatting.