>What I wish Wikipedia (and others) were saying:

>”Today, we’re going to an extreme to notify the public of bills that threaten the Internet. **We’re doing so because this was the only way to get your attention.**

>**The mainstream news media was not going to tell you about SOPA or PIPA.** Many of your elected officials want to push through harmful legislation because their supporters demand it, and they know you’re unlikely to hold them accountable.

>It’s vitally important to stop SOPA or PIPA from passing, but what’s even more important is that you start paying attention and demand better from your government. **Even if we stop SOPA, the larger problem continues.**

>Tomorrow we’re going to go back to business as usual, but **it’s up to you whether Congress does.**

— Joe Brockmeier, [What I Wish Wikipedia and Others Were Saying About SOPA/PIPA](https://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2012/01/what-i-wish-wikipedia-and-othe.php)

>We will *never* (as in **not ever**) win the war you care about until we win the war against this corruption of our Republic.

— Lawrence Lessig, on [why he’s striking at the root](http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/13119510676/me-mia-on-the-sopa-soap-opera) during the SOPA soap opera.

[How Laws are Made](http://www.mikewirthart.com/?projects=how-our-laws-are-made). An infographic by Mike Wirth & Dr. Suzanne Cooper Guasco / [CC BY](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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