The Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa)
The internet is THE job creation platform of the 21st century because it allows local small businesses and entrepreneurs to efficiently sell their goods and services across the globe. Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House threaten to undermine that platform by denying business owners that use the internet the right to due process of law.
Unfortunately, most people and small business owners are not even aware of SOPA & PIPA, much less the threat they pose. These days the internet impacts just about every business, and it’s important that local business owners learn more about how Congress may further regulate the internet.
I want to thank HueyPriest for posting this on Reddit. I think more people need to wake up to what’s currently in front of us. I’m not a big fan of this legislation, I don’t want to see it go through, and while I obstain from political commentary on this blog, I’m willing to make this exception because I feel very strongly about this.
SOPA fills me with the sort of dread I get in the pit of my stomache. When I hear talk of SOPA, I imagine the images from a library burning, and I couldn’t imagine a greater crime against society with something like that.
I don’t want to be a part of a society that’s okay with a book burning, either real or imagined.
Here is an open letter from prominent tech entrepreneurs, including the founders of google, Twitter, Youtube, Huffington Post, Craigslist, Yahoo!, paypal, and eBay.
If you’re not sure how this bill could effect you, here’s an easy to understand explanation by Adam Savage from Mythbusters explains how SOPA could destroy the internet as we know it.
If you have a blog or website of your own, please let me know here, and I come visit you and publically thank you.