Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Why we MUST stop SOPA and PIPA; The BLACKOUT

SOPA and PIPA are designed to stop people from illegally downloading copyrighted content or engaging in other violations of US intellectual property rights, including access to cheaper prescription drugs from abroad. Websites on which people share massive amounts of copyrighted material, such as the prominent website The Pirate Bay, are largely beyond the reach of US law today. Supporters of SOPA wish to change that.

In an unprecedented display of Internet force, thousands of websites went dark or censored themselves on Wednesday to protest twin antipiracy measures pending in Congress.
The blackout represented a culmination of months of intensifying outcry over the bills, echoed and amplified by social media, blogs and tech publications, that drew more and more popular sites into the official day of protest, including Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Wired, Reddit, Boing Boing, Reporters Without Borders, Pressthink, Greenpeace and McSweeney's.
Their actions and the frenzy of media coverage in the buildup raised mainstream awareness of what, until recent days, had been a wonky set of proposals only lightly covered outside tech circles. Congressional phone lines were reportedly flooded Wednesday in what could begin the final unraveling of the already troubled measures.

Isn't it quite weird that the American congress has accused Iran and China for censoring their internet? The American soul is just sugarcoated with hyprocrisy and indenial. What are they trying to do? For those who don't know what SOPA or PIPA is, they're trying to limit our sources. Restrict us. To stop us. To control us.
From the current wave of Arab Revolutions to the removal of tents from protesters in London, the sinister governments are finding anyway possible to limit what we think and what we do. They want us to become meerless puppets, and by implementing SOPA & PIPA on us is just one of their million ways to try and scold our tongues.

Say Goodbye to Innovation

These acts are stopping developers from coming up with the next big thing in the online market that could change how we use the internet. Let’s say that these acts were around back when the internet was started, how many of the most popular sites would still have come into fruition. There would be no Facebook, YouTube, MediaFire, SoundCloud, Twitter, DropBox, or any other site that can be targeted as a place where online piracy could take place. Is it even possible to think about what the internet would be like without sites like this?

Legal Action Over A Child Singing A Song

It is quite oblivious that none of the people on sites like YouTube have been given permission from record labels execs to sing their favourite song, and then proceed to post it on a video sharing site. However will that be a problem for the record execs?

The site the child will have posted the video on will be under pressure to resolve this issue, or face their site being put on the blacklist. This child, and his/ her family, could face legal action with either the sire or the record label that the song that was sung had copyrighted.

The list is endless, sooner or later SOPA & PIPA will take action and they will restrict us from the world within the internet. Isn't this a ban on free speech?
Free speech, the two words that the Americans want to seize. But they won't seize it without a fight.

Thank you for reading,

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