Wednesday, January 18, 2012
SOPA and PIPA: two little devils
Posted by edgarchaput
Some of you who visit, write for and enjoy blogs very much are aware that today is a day of striking among many of us. In the United States there is are significant bills currently being read and debated in what is known as the House of Representatives, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property .Act). The bills concern themselves with notions of internet piracy, which in of itself is perfectly fine and noble, although due to certain clauses within the text, if passed, they risk making the United States federal government commit itself to grave instances of censorship, a very sticky subject to many of us who enjoy easy access to information over the internet. As a Canadian blogger, I may not be directly affected by this ordeal, although I do sympathize with my southern brethren.
Major websites are also partaking in the strike (like Wikipedia), further legitimizing just how important this debate is and what it can mean for freedom of information.
The image at the top of this article is used for exaggerated, humorous effect, but the issue at hand is very serious.
For more information, here is a link to a site with... a bunch of other links to help inform you.