SOPA threatens the internet

Posted by David Khoirul

Some of you might just hear the acronym SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA is a new bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar Smith.

While the bill seems a good idea to stop piracy in the internet, it actually threatens freedom of speech and could screw up the entire Web. Internet users, me included, protest against the bill. Just imagine, big websites such as Wikipedia, YouTube and Twitter will shut down because they are accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. You can no more tweet a link of articles, nor upload videos of your neighbors doing freestyle.

SOPA, writes Mashable, is currently stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, while the Senate is scheduled to vote on PIPA (Protect IP Act) January 24.

Mashable also writes that around 1,500 people showed up outside the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for the rally Wednesday. Both Senators support SOPA and PIPA.

A protestor named Kate said, "I think an anti-piracy law is a great idea, I just don’t think this is it. It’s so broad and so vague that it’s going to restrict everyone’s freedom to use the Internet. Not knowing how the Internet works is no longer an excuse."

2 comments:

  1. I do not quite understand , but apparently this is an emergency for internet users. So what can we do to against SOPA, David? Is it enough to do as constructed by americancensorship.org?

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  2. Yes, voice your thought against this bill, Ajik, by writing it on your blog or inviting friends to refuse SOPA. This bill is murdering freedom of speech.

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