If you’ve been surfing the web today, you’ve already noticed that many of your favorite sites are blacked out. The internet blackout is a response by web publishers- big and small- to urge all users to prevent the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from passing when the United States Senate votes on it on Tuesday, January 24. Essentially SOPA is an internet censorship bill that will affect sites you visit daily if it passes.
SOPA is designed to censor the internet to protect the entertainment industry against piracy and copyright infringement. Private corporations want the ability to shut down unauthorized sites where people download movies, television shows, and music but it also could affect anyone who quotes song lyrics on their Facebook page, uploads a YouTube video of a bunch of friends singing a Top 40 hit, or has a movie playing in the background while doing a video for their blog. With laws in place to already fight piracy, this bill is not necessary.
Please watch the video below to become more knowledgeable about how this affects all of us.
SOPA gives the government a lot of control and directly impacts our country’s right to freedom of expression.
I am against SOPA because it directly affects me- not only as a internet user but also as an online publisher and lover of social media who believes in startups and relies on eCommerce.
Thanks for your support in learning about SOPA and letting lawmakers hear your voice if you feel so inclined.
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