January 18, 2012
By now, I am assuming you have heard of what SOPA and PIPA are and what is going on today. Today is a monumental day in internet history! Seriously.
I'll break it down for you so you can understand what's going on -
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act - an anti-piracy bill that Congress is going to vote on.
PIPA is the Protect Internet Privacy Act.
These bills are said to "strengthen protections against copyright infringement & intellectual property theft." However, creative expression on the Internet would be suppressed if it goes too far.
If a particular movie is on a website in lets say, India, that website would be forced to take the movie down, Paypal couldn't accept payment from ANYTHING on their website, and the website would no longer pull up in search results. ALSO - if someone links up to said website on lets say, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Wordpress, etc. - Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Wordpress, etc. would legally have to pull that link down.
Someone would be all-powerful and basically own the internet.
You don't want your online creativity suppressed...do you?? I know I don't!! Freedom of speech would be no longer.
A timeline of what is and has been going on can be found here!
If you want to do something about it - take action here or here! (I did both!)