Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sites On Strike Against SOPA

Today, a lot of websites went down / black and posted a notice that they are on strike against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). Popular sites like Google, Wikipedia and Mozilla, to name a few, protested today to prevent SOPA for being passed as a law.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261 is a proposed bill that 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. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.

Needless to say, this bill will cripple the freedom of speech and will help promote internet censorship.  This will make companies liable to user generated content on websites (e.g. videos on YouTube, pictures on 9gag) thus limiting what the we enjoy on the internet.

We could all just wait to what will happen next. Let's all just pray that internet will still remain the way that we loved it.

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