Protect IP / SOPA Put Plainly

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future.

This excellent video explains the breadth and dangers of PIP/SOPA for those who may not understand the nature of the Internet, or the impact of PIP/SOPA.

And here’s another video that talks a bit more specifically about certain sections of the bill:

A listing of supporters and opponents of the bills, and the members of congress receiving their lobby dollars (a number receive funds from both sides)

The wikipedia article on the SOPA provides some insight into both sides of the debate as well as updates on the progress of the bill.

Gizmodo digs in with What is SOPA?

If you are looking to get a little more heady, ars weighs in with Post-SOPA: the path forward for addressing piracy a very insightful article that addresses the issues and proposes real ideas at fixing them.

Google provides this great infographic and a call to action:


The video above discusses the Senate version of the PROTECT IP Act, but the House bill that was introduced TODAY is much much worse.

It’ll give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill would criminalize posting all sorts of standard web content — music playing in the background of videos, footage of people dancing, kids playing video games, and posting video of people playing cover songs.

This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

The bill was just introduced: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is. Will you fill out the form above to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation?

and further from the vimeo page where the video is hosted:

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

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