to protest pending legislation on currently in the House [HB 3261, the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA)] and Senate [S.968, the Protect IP Act (PIPA)]. The Archive will go dark from 6AM - 6PM PST.
Libraries are not known - except to some publishers - as folks who tend to encourage the theft of intellectual property. Heck, we are the folks who have held out to protect copyrighted materials - AND the rights of those who wish to use them within the law. We recognize, perhaps more acutely than any other group besides artists/authors/people who create art, music, literature, etc. , how important it is to protect the intellectual property rights of those creative people so that they can flourish from their creativity and we can all enjoy the fruits of that creativity.
But these deeply flawed acts are NOT the way to protect those rights. Please, read up on these legislative monstrosities and let your elected officials know that these are not the way that we need to address these concerns.