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On January 24, 2012 , the SOPA and PIPA bills could be passed. On January 18, 2012, many sites on the internet (including WordPress) will go on strike as a way to show their opposition to SOPA AND PIPA. There are a variety of ways we can help block the bills. Please go to americancensorship.org and see their Take Action Checklist. U.S. citizens can send an email to congress or, if you are from outside the U.S., you can petition the U.S. state department. You may have also seen censored posts on your travels though the web. The tool to censor your post is also available on this page.
Check out the Stopsopa Standard if you need a refresher about SOPA AND PIPA or you can watch this video.
Do you know what SOPA is? SOPA is the acronym for Stop Online Piracy Act. Many sites are against it, including Twitter, Google, Reddit, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Zynga and Facebook. Below is the beginning of Lifehacker’s article that helps to explain what it’s about and includes a short video, some additional links such as American Censorship Day website which was November 16, 2011, how to get in touch with your congressperson and a link so that you can get to know the bill.
SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is another one of those bills that sounds like it’s going to do something mildly positive but, in reality, has serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it. It puts power in the hands of the entertainment industry to censor sites that allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” copyright infringement. This language vague enough to encompass sites you use every day, like Twitter and Facebook, making SOPA a serious problem. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.
The idea behind SOPA sounds reasonable. It came about in order to try to snuff out piracy online, as the entertainment industry is obviously not excited about the many people downloading their product without their permission. The issue is, however, that it doesn’t really matter whether you’re in support of piracy, against it, or just don’t care. SOPA makes it possible for companies to block the domain names of web sites that are simple capable of, or seem to encourage copyright infringement.
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