Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week -- and it's censoring the opposition! The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to get to testify at the hearing.
But the bill's opponents -- tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users -- won't have a voice.
As if you need a reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we've seen in years.
It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
The bill will wreck much of what's great about the Internet, and this sham of a hearing represents everything that's broken about our political system.
And we keep pressing forward,
-The Demand Progress team
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