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SOPA: Another country’s legislation messing with my Internet

I know I’m not alone on this, but Sopa really ticks me off.

The Guardian did a great explainer of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). But basically, the goal is to limit online piracy, especially when it comes to movie and music files. Seems reasonable enough.

But it goes way, way too far – entire domains, like Wikipedia, WordPress, YouTube and Facebook, can be shut down if any of their sites’ content is pirated.  Given the vast amount of content these sites provide – essentially a free information exchange, the bill is not unreasonable, it’s archaic.

One analyst provided this metaphor: “Imagine lawmakers saw that bank robbers are using getaway cars, so they banned all cars to cut down on robberies.”

In protest, some websites have gone black, to show the world what it would be like without them in it. Mashable.com has a selection of screenshots of black pages.

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