Blacking-out against SOPA and PIPA

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Thousands of major websites are “blacking-out” today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).

It’s important to understand the potential effects of these regulatory changes, because if passed, SOPA and PIPA would not only threaten the infrastructure of the open internet, it would fundamentally reshape the Internet in the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Both bills are designed to give both the government and major U.S. corporations the power to block or shut down offshore websites that peddle illegal content, with neither a trial nor a traditional court hearing.  The bill Includes provisions that would give corporations and other private parties, new powers to censor foreign websites, including court orders that would cut off payment processors and advertisers

SOPA and PIPA target foreign Web sites in an effort to control:

  • Infringement of copyrighted material
  • Media piracy
  • Counterfeit consumer goods
  • Medication.

PIPA:  If passed, would give the government and major U.S. corporations the right to seek affirmative legal action with any website that they see as enabling copyright infringement whether of U.S. origin or not. Here is a breakdown of all that they will have the power to do.

SOPA: U.S. government and private corporations will be given the power to black list.

Current versions of the bills provided by Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office:

PROTECT IP (Senate) AKA Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativityand Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act (House)