You’ve undoubtably seen Google’s main page today or possibly noticed that Wikipedia is blacked out in a form of protest today against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). While I may not be taking the same steps today with my websites and blacking everything out I assure you that I do oppose SOPA.
Don’t get me wrong I agree some measures need to be taken in order to stop online piracy but in typical bureaucratic fashion this bill just goes too far. It’s all about liability and essentially SOPA makes sites like YouTube and even Facebook responsible for any thing posted on their sites that may violate the copyright including a sites comments section. So for user post something that’s not licensed content, the website can be shut down and/or find/penalized. While the intent of SOPA may have been to prevent copyrighted material it actually makes SOPA a dangerous law in nearly every website would have to drastically change the way they operate in order to make accommodations plus it may even block website users from using free speech a constitutionally protected right.
Thankfully it seems as if SOPA aT least in its current form won’t even make it to a vote. A new bill reportedly is already being drafted and this time around tech experts are being consulted to hopefully close all those scary loopholes that actually made the original bill so awful. This is why America is such a wonderful place the masses speak and their voices are heard.
If you’re against SOPA it’s not too late to let your voice be heard in fact if you have a microphone you can contact your local representative with just a click of a button HERE.