#SOPA, #PIPA, #Blackout of the Web.
Before I go to bed tonight, I just wanted to share the feelings I have towards the national and international outcry against the dangerous pieces of legislation: the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect-IP Act). These two dangerous pieces of legislation are currently under review by, respectfully, the House and Senate – and many are very worried about the language provided by such acts and the damage it may cause both to the our freedoms, our economy, and our internet.
If passed, SOPA and/or PIPA will give the government too much authority and control over the flow of information and free speech that internet users are allowed to view. In addition, companies will be able to sue and shutdown any website in which they believe infringes on their copyrighted work. For a better explanation, check out the video below:
Even though I am sitting behind my computer screen, I feel so much a part of this – perhaps it’s because of the fact that I grew up with the internet and maybe even took for granted the freedom of information available to us; especially in this country.
What gives me chills about this protest is that there are major web-companies that are currently blacking out their websites in protest against SOPA and PIPA. Just check out the images below:
And it wont stop there as other sites will be shutting themselves down to raise awareness of these dangerous bills. Seeing that the SOPA and PIPA are very dangerous bills and that there is a huge uproar against it – I believe that this is a test of whether or not this country and the people in office are operating in favor of the people, and not for the big money-making corporations that are trying to stifle the freedoms of speech and sharing that we are all entitled to.
Hopefully, right decisions will be made and more pushes will be made to continue on protecting the rights and freedoms granted to us, for us, by us; and, I definitely hope that this even wakes up the American people – showing them that they need to become more aware of what is going on in their government.