Here’s some info for you about SOPA and PIPA
If you went to google.com today you saw that they blacked out their logo with a black censorship bar. Google.com and other websites are doing this in an effort to protest and fight against bills in Congress that would change the web in the United States in a major way.
SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act House Bill 3621, is currently in the House and it’s an attempt to curb the illegal online distribution of copyright protected intellectual properties, (ex. Pirated Movies, Music, Music Videos…)
PIPA – Protect IP Act or Act Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, is Senate Bill 968, and it is similar in verbiage, scope, and span to SOPA.
The Motion Picture and Music Recording industry are in full support of these bills, because they see a drop in revenue that they feel is due to the internet and illegal online piracy.
The internet industry sees these vaguely worded, all encompassing, and (in my opinion) unconstitutional bills as the end of the internet as an industry and the web’s ability to make money at all.
The internet companies are not in favor of piracy, in fact there are already government controls and a process in effect for the entertainment industries to get recourse from the piracy of their properties online. The Web industry opposes these bills because they do not want to see Congress, give the United States Government the authority to control the internet. Though this is not the intent of these bills, because the bills are written by lawyers and not internet nerds, the scope of power that would be allowed the government would be omnipotent.
Here’s what I mean:
“The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites.” –wikipedia.com
So the USDoJ, MPAA, and RIAA would be an Orwellian Internet Big Brother, that would be able to tell ISP’s what websites they could and could not allow service to, which advertisers could advertise what and where on the web, and if you ever did anything that they didn’t like then you get the internet death penalty and get sent to the recycle bin. No more free speech on the internet, no google, no Facebook, no Twitter, no EBAY, no Amazon.com, no Wikipedia, no Pandora, no Yahoo, no CNN, no Fark.com, no Onion, no Candy95.com and small internet businesses and personal business websites could/would be shut down, just because someone filed a complaint.
Essentially, American internet service and usage would be the exactly the same as what the good citizens of North Korea, Iran and China get to enjoy. We would only be allowed to see what the government let us to see, and if the US Government or some Major Corporation didn’t want a website up and running, they could simple pull the plug and the website is gone.
Piracy is WRONG, but these bills won’t stop PIRACY! This is just like GUN CONTROL LAWS. Gun control laws crack down on the legal dealers and law abiding citizens making it harder to own a gun legally. Where the criminals are already getting the guns ILLEGALLY and don’t care about another law on the books. Music and Movie Pirates DON’T CARE that what they’re doing is illegal, they will keep doing it anyway, and shutting down legitimate websites is not the way to combat the problem of piracy.
My favorite analogy in researching this topic goes like this: A man-eating lion has escaped from the circus, and in an effort to get rid of this lion, the authorities are going to door to door with a flame thrower and charbroiling every cat they see, from little kittens on up…Please Stop the Kitten BBQ and contact your Congressman and tell them to vote against these bills.