I'm jumping on the STOP SOPA AND PIPA bandwagon!
A friend of mine just posted this on Facebook:
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If you aren't up to speed on SOPA or PIPA there is plenty posted today online to get you up to speed quickly. I just "googled" News for SOPA and got over 8,000 related articles. Web sites like Wikipedia, Wrodpress.org, and Reddit shut down their sites today in protest of these bills. Google blacked out it's trademark header.
In a nutshell, these are bills before Congress (one before the House and the other before the Senate) written to stop the problem of foreign web sites selling US intellectual property or counterfeit products (like medicines.) A good premise, certainly - after all, one of the functions of our government is to put legislation in place that protects the citizens of our country.
The problem is that these bills have been written too broadly (and written to protect big industry) and would jeopardize how the Internet functions. The language in these bills would allow any site, even personal web sites like blogs, to potentially be shut down if suspected of copyright infringement. This is a problem for any web site that allows public interaction and comment - we would not only be responsible for our content but also for the content of those posting on our sites. A site like Facebook would have to monitor EVERY SINGLE link posted by every single member because if someone posted something that was copywritten, FB could be taken down. My little blog site could be taken down, too.
Do you see the problem?
Here are just a couple links to bring you up to speed on the controversy.
www.usnews.com: "What the Internet Could Be Like if SOPA Passes"
news.yahoo.com: "What the Internet Could Be Like If SOPA Passes"
Or, if sports is your thing, try this one.
To read the actual bills click below.