DOPA is Dopey

Just say “NO!” to DOPA
This is a site asking social networking advocates to sign a petition. They are trying to gather 1,000,000 signatures in a month.

Just say No to DOPA

For those who don’t know, DOPA is the Deleting Online Predators Act, which is a poorly crafted bill built on stereotype and wrong information that will not be able to deliver on what it promises, and will only cut funding from already shoestring budgeted Libraries and schools.

This doesn’t affect just libraries – “new legislation that would cordon off access to commercial Web sites that let users create public “Web pages or profiles” and also offer a discussion board, chat room, or e-mail service.

That’s a broad category that covers far more than social-networking sites such as Friendster and Google’s It would also sweep in a wide range of interactive Web sites and services, including, AOL and Yahoo’s instant-messaging features, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which permits in-game chat. ” (from:

Contact your legistlators – Senators and Representatives and let them know you think DOPA is dopey!

More info here:
and (from ALA)


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