Perhaps a day we don’t want to remember ever again but will still happen in about a week and sometime next month. The freedom of the Internet is at stake. A bill that if it becomes law would hurt Internet users more than to people who does piracy. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) can change the way we surf on the Internet and turn our freedom of information into a limited national network.
While companies do have a right to protect their intellectual properties, the online freedom of expression of the people of the United States must not be sacrificed at all.
A single copyrighted material could shut down an entire site, either overseas or in the US (many US companies do have businesses and offer services in other countries like YouTube and Amazon).
Blogs, online forums, social networks, search engines and basically all types of web sites could be in danger of being shut down simply by sharing a picture of a celebrity, a screenshot of a product, or a video of a child’s birthday party with background music.
An Internet censorship is not a solution to the problems of privacy. A totalitarian tactic by certain companies and associations for their own control of the Internet is not an effective solution. No private company or organization should have control of the Internet. Period.
The process of shutting down web sites with SOPA and PIPA would technicallly bypass the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. SOPA and PIPA are a threat to online speech, technological innovation, and online security.
Shutting down Google would take me back to the beginning of the Internet, an Internet without search engines or social networks as we know them today.
I do agree completely with the opinion of the White House. It’s against piracy and also favors freedom of expression. “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet” says on the WH post. In Internet meme lingo, it’s like it tells Chuck Norris to send an arrow to the knee to SOPA.
The Internet was created as a means to create and share information, not to censor content as others see them fit.
I strongly oppose SOPA and PIPA.
¡¿Contenido censurado por una SOPA venesosa a sabor agrio, y a una PIPA más peligrosa que el tabaco que puede quemar ciertos derechos civiles?! Nunca.
Censored content because of a poisonous, sour taste SOPA*, and a PIPA* more dangerous than tobacco that can burn certain civil rights?! Never.
* “Sopa” is the Spanish word for “soup” in English.
* “Pipa” is the Spanish word for “(tobacco) pipe” in English.