SOPA and PIPA are two legislation acts which are likely being passed tomorrow or today in the US congress. What do I care? Well, ok, let us do some background check first. There is a lot of piracy and it is very easy to steal information online. So, there was a need to put some stringent copyright laws and protect information from being pirated. So, the consequence was SOPA and PIPA bills were introduced in the US Congress.
SOPA is Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA is Personal Information Protection Act. But, what’s is the problem? Everything sounds great till now. The problem is that this act can actually mean that international access of the sites would not be possible. Blogs would probably need to be shut down and it will affect advertising industry like crazy and you, obviously, know that internet runs on advertising. And, imagine you can’t even post your videos if you are using some popular music tracks in them.
You should really check out this post here because it discusses everything in detail. But, in a nutshell, I would say that these bills are likely to be hitting on our rights to information and knowledge. And, imagine what would happen if you can’t access most of your favorite websites!! I have become so dependent on internet now that it is almost impossible. Btw, did you access Wikipedia, today or rather yesterday? Yes, Wikipedia is protesting this act by blacking out its contents for complete 24 hours. Other giants to join this group are Mozilla, Google and WordPress as far as I know.
What do you think about SOPA and PIPA? Do you really want the sites to be blocked and the free information we can access today be stopped?
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