Say No to SOPA and PIPA

I've been holding back this post about SOPA and PIPA until today. As you have probably noticed several websites have blocked their content. Most notably, Wikipedia (the English version), Reddit and The Cheezburger Network (memebase etc…) just to name a few, to protest against these bills. They are American bills, you shouldn't care if you live outside the US. Wrong! Look at the sites you visit, how many of them are based in the US? Take a look at the search engine you use. Where is it from? See the issue?

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) if passed, could theoretically take down any site that shares content that may be dubious in nature. There goes your video and image sharing sites. Wikipedia would also probably go since any article mentioning something copyrighted will also go. No problem, if it's copyrighted it's copyrighted… Nope. You can literally pull the content by just "claiming" that the site is sharing your content illegally and they must abide by your request or fight it in court. You can see which path is easy. Oh and it also doesn't matter if the website is based in the US.

PIPA (PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act)) is similar to SOPA and is apparently based on another act (COICA) that failed to pass in the past.

Luckily there are big guys against SOPA such as Google, Twitter and Facebook to name a few. Not only will these acts hurt users of such services, these services may die since they monetize on content sharing and socializing (legally or illegally is not the issue). Unfortunately there are some big players for these acts: GoDaddy (thanks to Ali Fareed) , Sony, MasterCard, Visa and of course the whole entertainment bandwagon. A complete list may be found here.

Think about this as you surf the web…

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