SOPA Bill Aims to “Censor the Internet”
By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
From bad to worse with the despotic potential for a copyright Bill that impedes our ability to surf the Internet. The SOPA and PIPA Bill are slated to change the way you surf the web. Backlash from the world tide of the internet toward this proposed legislation has been staunchly opposed to it’s possible passage.
Wikipedia is among the many websites that have shut down their sites temporarily with a blank black screen posting a powerful question “Imagine a world without free knowledge?”
While these attempts to censor the web become more brazen and obvious, Wikipedia’s query may be a foreboding segway to a Police State style Internet. This bill could effectively cause a moratorium or freeze in e-commerce business not only in the United States but abroad.
Art Bordsky of advocacy group Public Knowledge similarly stated, “The definitions written in the bill are so broad that any US consumer who uses a website overseas immediately gives the US jurisdiction the power to potentially take action against it.”
Even social networking sites like Facebook, Vimeo or Tumblr could end up being banned if this so called Piracy Bill comes to be law.
As a journalist and as fellow human being who loves liberty we must all speak out against this atrocious SOPA Bill to our local congressman to ensure that Copyright laws don’t go too far.