What are SOPA and PIPA, and why are they evil?

Hello, and happy SOPA/PIPA Internet Blackout Day! Despite the billions of Facebook statuses about it I just took the time to learn (like 10 minutes ago) what SOPA and PIPA are. If you’re like me and too damn lazy to go find out why this is such a hot issue, I’ll explain it right here, right now!

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are two bills that are supposed to stop the pirating of media, you know, the kind of stuff you would download through torrent sites or P2P sharing.

That’s great ‘cuz stealing music and movies is against the law… but the language in these bills is universally considered to be so broad that these new laws would make practically every website on the internet a target for one-sided, no-questions-asked censorship. The U.S. government would be able to tell your ISP to *BLOCK YOU* from visiting websites that they believe are in violation of these vague and poorly defined laws. They could also do the same to search engines like Google.

I could go on, but I’d prefer that you get more informed analysis from places like CNN, ABC News, Wikipedia, BBC, and about 2.5 million other websites. You can also learn more about SOPA/PIPA from Clint, who reviews apps right here at IAR. And while you’re at it, you can also use this handy Wikipedia page to contact your congress representatives and tell them how you feel.

If you’re too lazy to read, then just watch this hilarious but educational video from The Oatmeal:

 


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2 Responses to What are SOPA and PIPA, and why are they evil?

  1. Carrie says:

    SOPA has been pulled and PIPA has been postponed. Time to get PIPA pulled, however.

  2. Kimberly says:

    If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait Until you meet ACTA.
    ACTA had move forward in Europe despite protests.

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