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By Robyn Brown, Account Executive

Imagine a world without Google, You Tube, WordPress or Wikipedia. No blogging, easy research tools or online entertainment. Businesses could fail. Teachers would be limited on their resources. Free speech wouldn’t exist. Life would get harder for those of us who spend plenty of time using the Internet daily.

Well, this is SOPA and PIPA.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) draw in much criticism from Americans claiming these laws violate “free and open Internet.” If passed by Congress, these laws could shut down websites without a court hearing, make patrons vulnerable to Internet hacking, deplete our free speech, and overall damage businesses (even non-profits). This type of censorship is practiced in China, Iran and Syria.

Check out for graphics on the “Internet Blacklist Bill.”

Websites such as Google, Wikipedia and a handful of others are blacking out their websites today. It’s time to take action and step up for our liberties. Sign the Google petition here-