What is SOPA and PIPA?
The two bills in Congress, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the Senate and PIPA (Protect-IP Act) in the House of Representatives, would censor the web and slow the economic growth of the U.S. as the web is one of our biggest job creating engines in America.
Private corporations want the ability to shut down unauthorized sites where people have the ability to download music, movies, and t.v. shows. Because most of these sites are outside U.S. jurisdiction, PIPA (Protect-IP) uses a couple different tactics within American borders :
e U.S. internet providers block access to infringing domain names. They can also sue U.S. based search engines, directories, forums and blogs to links to these sites removedGives Government the power to mak2) Gives Corporations and Government the ability to cut out funds to infringing websites by having U.S. based advertisers payments services cancel these accounts.3) The Government and Corporations could block any site foreign or domestic, just for one infringing link. Sites like YouTube, Twitter , and Facebook would have to censor their users or egt shut down since they become liable for everything users post.Who supports the SOPA and PIPA protest?Google, WordPress, Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla, Flickr, MoveOn, IcanhazCheezburger network, and Imgur, just to name a few. There are many more that support this opposition, that are listed here.
Does your local representatives support SOPA and PIPA?
There are a number of members who support these two bills without fully understanding how they will truly partake in crippling the web. See where your representatives of Congress Stand on SOPA and PIPA.
What can you do?
Tell congress not to censor the Web. Contact your local State Representatives to voice your opposition of these two bills. Some states may be organizing meet-ups and protests that you can participate in. Be sure to take a look at local events and see where you can be an active and vital element in having your voice heard.
Still want to know more?
Senate will begin the voting on January 24th so be sure to get your voices heard. If you’re interested in getting your mind wrapped around the SOPA and PIPA bills, we have some great resources for you to check out!
- List of sites who oppose these bills
- An open letter from 83 of the engineers who built the Internet’s infrastructure
- A technical examination of SOPA and PIPA (from Reddit)
- PIPA Whip Count
- Live blog of SOPA/PIPA protests