Hey guys, as you might know, tomorrow is going to be the internet blackout in protest to the American bill SOPA. In case you don’t know what that is, here is a video:
Anyways, since tomorrow is when the strike is happening and I can’t just shut down my blog for a day, I am not posting content this week. But I promise that there will be some goodies next week for you.
I encourage everyone that reads this to do the same, don’t post, shut down your website, don’t even tweet!
Key things to know about SOPA:
1. SOPA gives the government and corporations the ability to shut down websites that they feel are not doing their part to stop online piracy. Not if they are, if they feel that they are not doing their part to stop online piracy.
2. A corporation that is going under backlashes at the things which make it go down. History proves that corporations have a history of suing new technology (TVs, VCRs, iPods, so forth). Given the power to shut down any website because they are not “doing their part” to stop online piracy means a corporation can shut down any website for whatever reason and use that excuse. This means websites like Amazon, Craigslist and Ebay could go away over night because they sell used games and prevent the corporation for making any money off the sales. Are these extreme cases? Yes, but we see lobbyists like the RIAA suing dead people for stealing music.
3. Sites we can see that will go down if SOPA goes live: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist, Twitpic, Imagur, Tinypic, Deviant Art, Google, WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr, Steam, Pandora, Grooveshark, Last FM, Gamestop’s website, Wikipedia, other Wiki sites, and basically any website that allows you to post content. Essentially, a corporation could shut you down for a bad review.
There is far more about the bill, but these are a few things to keep in mind. Also do not forget the Protect IP bill, both are very very bad for the internet. There are better bills being proposed like OPEN which prevents advertisement funds from American sources to fund websites hosting pirated content (piratebay, bit torrent). Spread the word.