It has been brought to my attention that there is a controversial bill trying to pass, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). According to news.cnet.com "It allows the U.S. attorney general to seek a court order against the targeted offshore Web site that would, in turn, be served on Internet providers in an effort to make the target virtually disappear. It's kind of an Internet death penalty."
Click this link or this link to learn how this bill will affect you.
For all you who enjoy streaming, listening to music, and find info on, say, wikipedia, will be affected and the victims of this battle. The 3 strong supporters are: MPAA, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Understandably, the organizations such as MPAA, Recording Industry Association of America, stand to gain a lot by the passing of this bill as it will "force" music, tv, and film lovers (such as myself) to start paying for all our entertainment. I also understand that the millionaires fear the continuing loss of income as fewer buy CDs, DVDs, and such but hey, here is a thought; STOP RAISING THE COST FOR EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME and people will start buying and pay more from your providers!! It is getting more and more expensive to go to the movies, buy a decent CD/DVD, and so on. Now that the economy is as poor as it is, you will not gain more simply because you remove the entertainment people can actually afford. Instead of getting rid of sites that provide free entertainment, try to come to an agreement where the internet users are not the biggest losers, as we would be if SOPA passes.
This bill does not leave any room for the accused party to protect or defend itself. No right to a fair and quick trial here. This is a typical "David vs. Goliath" scenario, except this time David has no means to defend himself at all and is sure to lose.
The thought behind PIPA and SOPA may have started with well-meaning goals but they are quickly getting dangerously out of control. This bill means that if a website filled with documents but has ONE page that may be infringement, SOPA will allow for the whole website to shut down. If a user uploads something that a company finds to be infringement the whole website will be shut down (think YOUTUBE.com).
I believe it is a direct threat to the First Amendment rights and people need to learn more about this bill. Instead of protecting the rich and large companies we need to look out for the true victims, Internet users and providers. The pro-SOPA organizations claim that thousands of job are affected, so are they claiming that if the SOPA bill passes they will somehow get those jobs back? What about all the people working for YAHOO, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK (even though I cannot stand this social network), YOUTUBE, and so on, what about their jobs?
Are we to step back instead of moving forward in society? This bill means a social online isolation where the US will become its own, online, island. As it is hard to strike sites outside of the US, this bill targets sites within the US and does not allow US members to enjoy the foreign websites that are accused of piracy, thus cutting the strings that are attached to other countries. To alienate yourself in this day and age is not the smartest move by, allegedly, some of the smartest brains in the USA.
Dear readers, go online and research this bill and do what you can to stop it! If we do not do something then it will be the end of the Internet as we know it. If you believe in a cause then speak up to make a change!
Until later my cyber friends