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Full text: Open letter from Silicon Valley execs opposing SOPA

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    An Open Letter to Washington
    We've all had the good fortune to found Internet companies and nonprofits in a regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online.
    However we're worried that the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act--which started out as well-meaning efforts to control piracy online--will undermine that framework.
    These two pieces of legislation threaten to:
    * Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation; * Deny website owners the right to due process of law;
    * Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and * Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.
    We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let's not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had.
    Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
    Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
    Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square
    Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
    David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
    Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
    Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
    Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube
    Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet
    Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal
    Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
    Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
    Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter
    Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation
    Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter
    Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!