Thursday, January 19, 2012

PIPA & SOPA

PIPA & SOPA  what are they?

At first glance they look like Spanish words, but they are not.  These are bills that will affect how the internet works in the United States of America.

The purpose of these bills are to control the online piracy of music, videos and other copyright content.

I remember when I was younger the big fuss surrounding NAPSTER and other sites that the youth used to share songs and download.  Lawsuits came from Record companies and these download sites basically disappeared.  Moreover, even some young users were sued for heavy fines.  

These new bills want to block links and sites from foreign nations that sell pirated content and want to control payments made to them as well as other things.

While piracy is bad, the bills need to be worked on a bit in order to protect the freedom of the internet and how users interact with it.  

Some popular sites such as Mozilla, Google and Wikipedia protested online.  Here are some screen shots of the protests.




  Source: http://news.yahoo.com/key-facts-u-online-piracy-bills-sopa-pipa-233943377.html

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