Sunday, January 15, 2012

Proposed U.S. Laws - SOPA and PIPA

More is being written each day about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).  In an effort to point you toward helpful information, I am providing the links below.  (I have included a couple of pro-SOPA/PIPA pieces, so you can hear the "other side".)  If you are in the U.S., please use these are a place to start educating yourself.

Why are people opposed to these proposal?  While the bill names (or nicknames) sound like something that would be helpful, each could be used to stifle free speech.  In addition, they would give the government new power and would make it difficult for people (web sites) to share information online. I'm sure there may be other reasons why these bills are "bad", but those are the three that come to my mind. 

If you find yourself opposed to these proposed regulations, check the links under "Protests" and add your voice to one of the protest efforts.

If you have additional information or comments that you would like to share on SOPA and PIPA, please feel free to leave them on this blog post.

Proposed Legislation:
Additional Information:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another concern is that the rules against circumventing domain blocking will make it more difficult to detect site hijacking (the two being technologically the same).