Gallery: SOPA and PIPA Protests Could Save Online Publishing and the Jo...


You might have noticed today that some of your favorite internet haunts are looking kind of gloomy, and that’s because websites like Wikipedia, Google and Reddit are protesting two bills – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate – which they say would extinguish the creative fire of the web, hinder small sites with unmanageable lawsuits and undermine the security and safety of the internet as a whole.  The bills are being backed by big entertainment companies that say they need more rights when it comes to taking down pirated content, which is a valid concern, but as one SOPA protest website explains, the legislation as it is currently written is like a chainsaw in an operating room — it is completely ineffective for the delicate job that needs to be done. In addition it could seriously inhibit freedom of speech on the internet, cause havoc in the online publishing world and be the reason for the loss of thousands of jobs worldwide.

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  1. revit4greenfuture January 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Considering the history of Obama and Romney with the NDAA case and countless others, I think it’s clear that they support overbearing internet legislation like SOPA and PIPA. The only one who has made a clear, consistent case against federal internet control is Ron Paul.

    This is Ron Paul in 2007 discussing internet freedom

  2. 666odono January 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The movie and music industry are violating their client’s interests, more and more as time passes, I myself as a client have been cutting my investment in the industry because of they view’s on my right’s….

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