If you hadn’t noticed the giant black bar on the Google doodle or the Wikipedia blackout on Wednesday, this is what it was about. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill moving through congress that’s being pushed by big players in the movie and music industry in hopes to stop piracy. Unfortunately, it targets individual users, businesses and websites to do it.
Basically, since they can’t catch violators of intellectual property using regular legal means, this law aims to let companies and copyright holders force search engines, websites and ISPs to de-list or block websites that are accused of violating copyright law. The problem is that sites will be shut down with no due process, so people and websites could be put out of business by false accusations without a chance to defend themselves until after the damage is already done.
If you haven’t already, contact your representatives in the US Congress and let them know you oppose this legislation. It’s a matter of freedom for anybody who uses the Internet.
Via: American Censorship