Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Say No to SOPA and PIPA

Today I'm going to throw in something a little different it isn't beauty related but it is incredibly important. If your unfamliar with SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) keep reading and I'll do my best to explain why these will not work and why they will hurt instead of help. The Senate will start voting on this bill on January 24th, 2012.

These bills would censor the web and impose regulations on American business. Both are meant to stop online piracy and counterfeiting but in their current form they would do neither of these of things. Copyright holders whose content was uploaded illegally would be able to essentially shut down not the person that uploaded the content but the site as a whole because they allowed the content to be uploaded. This would put jobs at risk because if Facebook/YouTube/Google and many others are shut down because of something a user posts the blame falls to them under these bills.

The government should not have the authority to blindly shut down websites. If they want to stop online Piracy and Counterfeiting they need to put more thought into it and not punish the innocent majority for the deeds of the guilty minority. If this passes in the U.S. other countries are sure to follow suit, do you like the internet as it is or do you want what you post to be able to be censored by government.

Since sites like Wikipedia and Reddit are down today so some information regarding these topics is currently unavailable for a quick overview and to sign the petition check out Google's End Piracy, Not Liberty page. You can also check out Facebook's stance in all this. For even more information or to put your website up as on strike visit Sopa Strike.

Wikipedia and other sites being down today is an example of what our internet would be like if the government is allowed to blindly censor it. "Googling it" would no longer be a valid way to find the answer to what your looking for.

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