Would SOPA & PIPA damage the web?

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A lot of talking is running right now about the SOPA & PIPA projects. PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

Check here a video that explains some of the details:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

 

That is why global internet platforms like Wikipedia and Reddit went dark today for at least 12 hours.

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More to come…

 

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info sourced at Reddit website, wikipedia and Fight for the future Vimeo channel.
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