I’m making a late addition to the DAR today, and for good reason. There’ s an ominous law moving through Congress right now called SOPA. It targets ‘rogue’ foreign sites that torrent copyrighted films and music such as The Pirate Bay. Which would be alright I suppose except the wording of the SOPA bill is so poor that it ends up giving more far reaching power to our government than its intended purpose. SOPA effectively gives the government tacit permission to blacklist any site on the internet for even linking to sites like The Pirate Bay.
For example, sites like YouTube, Tumblr, and even theCHIVE could be effectively tossed into the void if a commenter decided to post a link to these ‘banned’ sites. Yes, this censorship bill is that disgusting. Google and Facebook have called the proposed bill ‘Draconian’.
Because our representatives in Congress have such a poor grasp of how important a free and open internet is, they’re simply going to pass this steaming pile unless we do something about it.
Read this article and watch the video. Then go to the American Censorship Day website and write your local representative to put an end to this deeply flawed bill (they’ve made it easy to do). The future of the internet could depend on it. Stop SOPA, save the internet.
Thanks and Chive On!