Thoughts on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

I want to hear your thoughts about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Please leave your opinions in the comment box beneath this post.

Almost everyone is talking about it, making SOPA one of the top trending topics and creating an online rippling effect. I have come across a multitude of articles covering the internet censorship bill and think it’s an interesting subject to converse about. Please feel free to leave a comment with your feelings on the topic.

Big name companies and brands such as Nike, Sony, Walt Disney Company, and the NBA are in support of the act. Rupert Murdock, CEO of News Corp. has been using Twitter to show both his support for the bill and his opinion of some companies, such as Google, who oppose it.

On the opposition, some of the biggest websites and companies, such as Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit are protesting the bill with creative campaigns and participating in the SOPA blackout.

Here are some protest and SOPA blackout examples I found:

Google put a censor over its logo.

Google participating in SOPA blackout



Wikipedia isn’t inaccessible.  The message on the homepage reads:

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.”

Wikipedia protesting SOPA in SOPA Blackout



Reddit shut down entirely.

Reddit Protesting Stop Online Piracy Act through SOPA blackout

I want to know what you think.

Do you agree with and support SOPA? Do you disagree and oppose SOPA? What do you think about all the buzz around it?

Please leave your comments and opinions in the comment box below.

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  • Oti

    If your product are good people go and buy it anyway

  • stacy

    SOPA may be shelved for now, but bet your bottom dollar, it will come back altered. It’s a control thing that will lead to other laws that tighten the noose around our freedoms.

  • Mika

    The act’s been shelved now though right? Victory for common sense and sites like this that explore these issues.

  • Alex Henke (PhD)

    Another attempt to tame the internet. In the old days, it was easier to control a million people than kill a million people. Today it is the other way round: it is easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.

    SOPA and PIPA are thinly veiled attempts to gain more control over the internet, one of the last free resources of information that diverges from main stream “brain-washing” media.
    (two terms: Iraq war & weapons of mass destruction – did anyone find any WMD in Iraq by now? no? what a surprise…).
    In times, when the main stream media are in the hands of few, extremely powerful people, the internet is extremely important!
    No censorship. The anti-piracy act is just the beginning, a prelude to more restrictions…

  • Musa

    The US government is looking out for those who are willing to pay the price to have the products and services sold over the net.

    It’s quite unfair to eventually work through your self sabotaging ways only to have your work pirated on the web.

    I see this as another act by government to protect the financially well off, the people who exchange their products and services for money, meaning it’s high time that most of us work towards serving one another instead of wanting something for nothing.

  • Justin Mazza

    Let the web police itself. There are enough Laws and Bills in place as it is so we don’t need anymore.

    It just looks like another “power grab” to me. If someone does not like what someone else is writing about on the net then with laws in place like SOPA and the other one that is due up, it would make it easy to shut the “offending” site down.

  • Limekwat

    PJ Brunet, you’re missing the point. Most people aren’t upset about the prison time, they’re upset about the other issues. Namely giving the government carte blanche to shut down sites without due process.

    There are plenty of things to be legitimately upset about over SOPA. Pointing out one law that has been around for several decades does nothing to diminish the harm SOPA and PIPA would do.

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