Posts Tagged ‘SOPA’

It has just been brought to my attention that there is an internet censorship bill; which consist of S.O.P.A (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Protect IP. And if either passes, we could see a lot of our favorite websites end up being shut down. Not only that, it would become a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are an ordinary noncommercial user. Now I don’t won’t to pretend like I know whats going on with this. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. But what I do know is that many of my favorite blogs, podcasts, web-videos, web-comics, etc could end up censored or just shut down. And that is something I will not stand for, and that’s why I’m doing what I can to stop this from happening, and you can too.

Here is a video explaining the situation:

And because I am terrible at explaining politics, the following text has been taken from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com‘s Nostalgia Critic:

[So what can you do?
If you’re a citizen of the United States, call your local representatives.  Calling and letter writing will always work better than email.  If you don’t know their number , use this site:
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Read up on the law so you can be informed of what is going on:
American Censorship
http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/sopa-hollywood-finally-gets-chance-break-internet
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/house-takes-senates-bad-internet-censorship-bill-makes-it-worse.ars
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/sen-ron-wyden-to-place-a-hold-on-the-protect-ip-act.ars
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show

Also, on a closing note, please don’t think that these bills have no chance of passing, because they do.  They have some powerful people backing it, and they’re trying to push it through as quickly as possible. Even if these bills are only used to target ‘rogue’ foreign sites as it states, it will establish a precedent for future bills. If we don’t stop these bills now, how can we ever hope to stop them in the future?

Would you rather possibly overreact now, or have to worry about the possibility of these laws passing and what it could do to many of your favorite sites down the line?]

The previous text was taken from the following link: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/33243-top-11-reasons-he-wont-review-digimon

By spreading the word, I feel I’ve helped bring this whole thing closer to coming to an end. Because the more people who know, the more people who can fight it. And fight it I will.

 

Read on viewers!

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