STOP SOPA – And Why It Matters

You may have heard about the “blackout” by Wikipedia today (Wednesday 18th January) in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills that are being attempted to put through in the US.

If you haven’t then the following links may be useful:

BBC News

The Guardian

The Telegraph


From what I have read and seen, the only people supporting these bills are two groups – the people that are buying senators to get it through and the senators taking the money.

These bills will not stop piracy: the pirates WILL get round anything the US government puts in their way. All this will do will allow the likes of Rupert Murdoch to have more power – the same Rupert Murdoch that calls Google a “piracy leader” whilst running a bsuiness guilty of illegally hacking people’s mobile phones. Great irony eh?

Chris Dodd, the chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has slammed the move calling it a gimmick and wrote:

“A so-called ‘blackout’ is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals,”

Would that be “elected officials” paid for by the likes of Mr Dodd? So companies like Google and Wikipedia are not allowed to express their free choice because it upsets his plans?

Maybe there is a touch of concern over what huge benefits the Internet and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have had with the Arab Spring? Whilst the Occupy movements have sprung up and are nowhere like their counterparts, there is a risk. And what better way than to minimise that risk.

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