SOPA and the Internet Blackout

Welcome to the SOPA Internet Blackout.

It's going to get real dark in here.

 

Several of these key players are: Reddit, Wikipedia, Mozilla, the Cheezburger Network, and Boing Boing; other websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr will feature anti-SOPA messages which show their support.

So today, I’m sure a lot of people are asking what is SOPA?

SOPA (and PIPA) are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and distributing of videos and music on the Internet. The idea in theory is a valid one, but in terms of practicality is absurd. The proposed bills, if passed, would shut down any website that had copyrighted media on it, whether or not it was posted by the site owner, which in plain English is all those cover songs on YouTube posted anywhere online are examples of copyright infringement and therefore any site containing them would be shut down.

In other words, sites like Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tumblr, WordPress and YouTube would essentially cease to exist due to copyright infringement and the sharing of copyrighted materials.

Over the weekend, the Obama administration came out and stated that they plan to shelve the bills due to the fact that it, “reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risks or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.”

I am all for stopping piracy, but this bill takes it too far. The Internet as we know it would cease to exist if these bills pass. If you want to read more about SOPA, view the bill summary here.

What do you think about all of this? Let me know in the comments below.

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