Operation Payback - Against Censorship and the PROTECT IP Bill
Operation Payback - Defending the Internet since 2010
To fellow users of the Internet:
Anonymous has a grave announcement to make to all users of the World Wide Web.
The Internet you have come to take for granted has once again come under attack.
Several interest groups have been successfully lobbying to consolidate internet
censorship within the United States. They are rallying for the right to remove any
websites they deem "inappropriate" and, ultimately, for the ability to remove any
content that disagrees with their profit margins, personal whims, or other agendas.
This new initiative is called the PROTECT IP Act:
This bill would allow the US Government to force ISPs and search engines to
censor websites they do not like under the guise of "copyright protection".
Instead of reducing piracy, this bill endangers the free flow of information.
Through domain seizures, ISP blockades, search engine censorship, and the
restriction of funding to websites accused of infringement, this bill promises to
take Internet censorship to the next level. Furthermore, it violates the citizens
' rights to due process, to free speech, to free expression and to legal
representation at their hearing.
The Internet is a place where anyone and everyone can come together freely
to share information and opinions. The freedom the Internet provides has
served as a global aid for tens of millions of people in places like Egypt, Tunisia
and Iran, to name a few. All of this has been accomplished largely without
interference from corporations, governments, or any other global institutions until now.
We must unite and stand up to those who wish to censor the Internet.
We must not allow them the freedom to moderate information and decide what we are
"permitted" to view.
We must protect what is rightfully ours.
We must protect the rights of the Internet.
You Are Anonymous
You are legion
You can not forgive this.
You can not forget this.
To the media
Institutions of the Media,
This message is a response to recent actions of the U.S. Government, the RIAA
, the MPAA and others. For some time now, powerful interests have been vigorously
lobbying the US Government in a campaign to censor the Internet. The PROTECT IP
Act is the result of their campaign. Through domain seizures, ISP blockades, search
engine censorship, and funding cuts to allegedly copyright infringing websites, the
PROTECT IP Act will take Internet censorship to the next level. In its present form, this act
threatens the very foundation on which the Internet was built: freedom of thought.
Anonymous are strong supporters of Internet freedom, and believe that the Internet
should remain a place where any person, from any country, regardless of religion, race
or political persuasion can communicate freely with the world. The Facebook and
Twitter "revolution" and its role in the recent changes in the Middle East illustrates
these principles. The PROTECT IP Act would allow government agencies and corporate
interests to control what we, the users of the Internet, are permitted to read, by censoring
search results on sites such as Google or Yahoo. Do we really want to live in a country
where the government determines what we should and should not see?
We are asking for your help and support in keeping the Internet a place where information
flows freely and without restriction. We believe that this is of vital importance to the media
, since Internet users are quickly becoming its primary viewing audience.
The public needs to be made aware of the consequences of the PROTECT IP Act.
The people must not be left in the dark, and Anonymous is determined to not let this happen.
We ask that you pledge to do the same.
To perpetrators of Censorship, the makers of this bill, and to the RIAA/MPAA
Your repeated attempts to seize control of the Internet have captured our full and undivided attention.
You seek to control the free flow of Information for your own ulteriormotives
. You try to impose draconian laws under the guise of "copyright" while ignoring the basic tenets
of the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to the US Constitution. Anonymous
You have declared war on the Internet, a war that you cannot win, against an entity you do not
understand. We are a sovereign nation, the first, last, and only free nexus of Information.
We are a Cyber Nation that you control.
We , and we will stop at nothing to preserve our Freedom.
You have been warned. Cease your attempts at censorship, or face the wrath of the Hivemind.