Just like magnets were to the Insane Clown Posse, so is SOPA and PIPA to much of the population. We know about it, but we don’t know exactly how it works. This article will hopefully fix that.
Look down, way down where it says stealing is allowed. That’s your ability to share it with the people you care about. I thank you in advance.
What is SOPA?
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
What is PIPA?
The Act protects individual privacy by requiring, in most cases, private-sector organizations to obtain consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information and providing individuals with a right of access to their own personal information.
Both sound friendly enough….
What SOPA and PIPA do?
- Order internet service providers to alter their DNS servers from resolving the domain names of websites in foreign countries that host illegal copies of videos, songs, and photos (like Sidereel.com… gasp!)
- Order search engines like Google to modify search results to exclude foreign websites that host illegally copied material (ie hand pick what internet you see)
- Order payment providers like PayPal to shut down the payment accounts of foreign websites that host illegally copied material (just like they did for pirate bay & ATDHE.net).
- Order ad services like Google’s AdSense to refuse any ads or payment from foreign sites that host illegally copied content.
Let’s put it in context: Say I write an article on ChickTech.com and post a picture via third-party attribution. If the government deems that picture as pirated material, they could legally block my domain name. They can’t, however, block my IP address. Meaning? The bill is not so great at actually stopping pirated material, cause the content still remains on the Internet, but it works like a charm at censoring content. This includes fan favorites like Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
In short….explained by Clay Shirky
Provided by Ted.com
Website’s Joining the Rally
- Free Press
- icanhazCheezburger Network
Check out the full list on Mashable here.
Tell me more…
- Here’s a link to the actual Bill, also known as H.R. 3261.
- Canada’s version of Al Franken, Michael Geist’s Blog
- Venture Beat’s late-breaking coverage http://venturebeat.com/tag/sopa/
- Even celebrities have something to say about it
Now that you’re in the know, you can choose whether to do something about it or not.
Will you join the rally or stand down?
US Citizens – Contact your local congressman – www.contactingthecongress.org
Canadians – Contact your local MP – www.dwatch.ca/camp/mps.htm#Prov&Terr
Read more ideas via Gigaom.com’s article Hate SOPA? 6 Things You Can Do About It