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The day the web went black – a bit about SOPA

By January 18, 2012 February 4th, 2019 One Comment

There’s been a lot of talk about SOPA. Many sites (like Wikipedia) have even “gone black” in protest. But, since you’d rather run your business than worry about bills before Congress, here’s what you should know.

What if the web was censored? What if sites like Google, Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook didn’t exist? What if YOU couldn’t post or access important¬†information? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

SOPA in a nutshell

There are two bills before Congress – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). They are aimed at stopping piracy on the web. That’s a valid cause! But, if these bills pass, the side effects would be¬†disastrous.

That’s why, according to Wikipedia, opponents include Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Roblox, Reddit, the Wikimedia Foundation, and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation¬†(EFF), the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch.

Google’s take on it

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

What you can do about it

The ironic beauty is that YOU and I have a voice thanks in large part to social media and the web. Head over to Google’s mini site to learn more and sign the petition to prevent PIPA and SOPA from passing:

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

By the way, click here to see what people are saying about SOPA on Twitter RIGHT NOW.

Author Jeff Teschke

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