Internet Censorship

This is what internet censorship looks like.

I am against illegal downloads of any sort. As a writer/blogger I am also against censorship of my ability to express my thoughts based on the actions of others.

Internet Censorship

Per Wikipedia,

“The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is a proposed law (bill) of the United States of America, to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Proposals include barring advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with allegedly infringing websites, barring search engines from linking to the sites, and requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access. The bill would criminalize streaming of content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

In practice user-content websites such as Youtube would be greatly effected and websites like Etsy, Flickr and Vimeo all seemed likely to shut down if the bill becomes law. Opponents say the legislation would enable law enforcement to take down an entire domain due to something posted on a single blog, arguing, an entire online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority. In a 1998 law, copyright owners are required to request the site to remove the infringing material within a certain amount of time. SOPA would bypass this “safe harbor” provision by placing the responsibility for detecting and policing infringement onto the site itself.

Lobbyists claim it protects the intellectual property market and corresponding industry, jobs and revenue. The US president, and legislators suggest it may kill innovation. Representatives of the American Library Association state the changes could encourage criminal prosecution of libraries. Other opponents say that requiring search engines to delete a domain name begins a worldwide arms race of unprecedented censorship of the Web and violates the First Amendment


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