As many of you on the Internet have heard, Congress introduced a bill (2 of them actually) that would give the U.S. government the authority to shutdown any website accused of hosting Pirated content. Fears quickly spread across the internet that it passing this bill would in effect “censor” the internet, and put the United States at the same level of internet censorship as nations such as China and Iran. I personally don’t support the bill, mainly because I want the Internet to be open and free. That is why the Internet has grown into what it is today. It’s single most powerful tool that citizens have in the fight against tyranny.
At CES 2012, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), have been pushing for alternative legislation. Both believe that these two bills will radically change the Internet that we have come to know. Sen. Wyden said,”This bill is going to turn websites into web cops. Instead of having three guys in a garage launching a web based business, you are going to be three people with an upstairs full of lawyers telling you whether or not you can operate a website.”
If you want the internet to stay free and open, please don’t hesitate to contact your State Representatives and tell them why they should not support SOPA. – https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml