The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — together with the corresponding Senate Protect IP Act (PIPA) — is a proposed piece of legislation intended to curb online piracy. As the bills are currently written, they gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against foreign-operated websites associated with infringing, pirating or counterfeiting intellectual property. If either bill becomes law, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates.
It sounds nice, but in actualization, its not. All this means is that based on accusation alone, hundreds of thousands of sites will be pulled off the internet, and as the above stated, it will alter the internet for all eternity, in addition to what it says, there is more to the bill that what meets the eye. They want to CENSOR Everything!
So for all of you all who are wondering, I am not saying anything about priacy. I understand the music and film industries standing on this matter. However as Mark Zuckerberg Stated here, Congress needs to fight this properly. They shouldn’t attempt to remove freedom of press, or freedom of speech, after all, how are sites such as WordPress, Wikipedia, Facebook (and by extension all social media sites) and Youtube (and similar sites), what about that!? All sites are in jeopardy. Not only sharing sites but all sites. Do you think that this is the way to go? You censor the entire internet!?
I have one thing to say. If you regulate the internet, then you censor the internet, and allow what YOU (and by you I mean the super rich corporate giants as well as the government) want to see. Do you want to government to tell you what you can and can’t do? What they are doing essentially is running a dictatorship, just the thing is, its on the internet. If you think it doesn’t make sense, think a bit again and do your research, look at the global laws. They are all doing the same thing. If they regulate the internet, then you lose more than you think. Oh and by the way, if you haven’t seen it, here’s a few things that was posted on WordPress.com
- In the U.S. our legal system maintains that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that people are innocent until proven guilty. This tenet seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the web if these bills pass, as companies could shut down sites based on accusation alone.
- Laws are not like lines of PHP; they are not easily reverted if someone wakes up and realizes there is a better way to do things. We should not be so quick to codify something this far-reaching.
- The people writing these laws are not the people writing the independent web, and they are not out to protect it. We have to stand up for it ourselves.
They are quite right, the internet is the outlet for millions of people out in the world. It is the source of revenue for millions, this problem is affecting everyone on a global scale, The internet is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs if not millions. We need to do something, we need to fight for the internet. Internet must remain a neutral place for all to come and to enjoy. The internet should remain free and open to everyone, everywhere.
Further Readings on this Matter
- VentureBeat – 10 Things You Need to Know about SOPA and PIPA
- Gizmodo – What Is SOPA?
- WordPress – Help Stop SOPA And PIPA
- WordPress – Join Our WordPress Protest