The long-awaited, and dreaded first round in the 2012 presidential race begins in Iowa today. I still think that it is unfair that Iowa always gets to go first. By the time Indiana’s primary comes around, everyone but the winner has usually dropped out, so we don’t get a choice.
In the growing battle for the future of the Web, some of the biggest sites online — Google, Facebook, and other tech stalwarts — are considering a coordinated blackout of their sites, some of the web’s most popular destinations.
No Google searches. No Facebook updates. No Tweets. No Amazon.com shopping. Nothing.
The action would be a dramatic response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill backed by the motion picture and recording industries that is intended to eliminate theft online once and for all. HR 3261 would require ISPs to block access to sites that infringe on copyrights — but how exactly it does that has many up in arms. The creators of some of the web’s biggest sites argue it could instead dramatically restrict law-abiding U.S. companies — and reshape the web as we know it.
This is an extreme measure and normally these companies wouldn’t want to inconvenience their customers, but they feel that the dangers to freedom on the Internet is worth it. I agree. This is a bill that has to be killed. While I agree that the entertainment industry has legitimate concerns about the theft of copyrighted materials, I feel that this bill is overkill. I’m sure that the real pirates will find ways around it while only the law abiding user will be inconvenienced.
For more information about SOPA go to Stop American Censorship.
- SOPA Bill Protest: Will Facebook, Google and Twitter ‘Blackout’ the Internet? (ibtimes.com)
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- The “Nuclear Option” To Combat SOPA (platopress.com)