Last night I was going through my Twitter searches and I don’t know, but something told me to check out my #OWS feed. I’m so glad that I did.
There is going to be a blackout by some sites to protest PIPA and SOPA (Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act).
Companies like Google and Mozilla were once on board with these acts, but provisions has changed so much that they can no longer support the bills.
So before I go into detail, I was doing my best to find the best resource to explain what these bills are and what it means for us.
The deal is PIPA and SOPA will work in conjunction with each other. If these bills are passed US corporations and the government will have the power to:
- Force U.S. internet providers to block access to websites deemed as enablers of copyright infringement
- Seek legal action by suing search engines, blog sites, directories, or any site in general to have the black listed sites removed from their website
- Will be able to force advertising services on infringing websites, and those supporting of them, to remove them from their advertising accounts
- Companies will also have the power to sue any new websites that get started after this bill is passed, if they believe that they are not doing a good job of preventing infringement on your website
Some of the provisions of SOPA will allow corporations to create a hit list of sites (including blogs) that THEY feel are breaking their copyright policies.
This could be as simple as showing a product or a logo (regardless if you’re praising it) in a light they feel is not appropriate.
We’re talking about having your website blocked and seriously affecting your pockets (being blocked by search engines, Pay Pal, and any other revenue stream you use to get paid with your site).
There are more ways that this affects us bloggers (especially our vloggers out there) so if you didn’t read Jamal’s article, I completely recommend it.
Sopastrike.com gives a great list of confirmed participants such as: Reddit, Mozilla, Wikipedia, WordPress, and many more!
If you want to read more about the Wikipedia blackout you can check out an article from Huffington’s post here.
Ladies, I feel that this bill affects us, not only how we communicate with each other, but just our presence on the web. There are many ways we can participate. You can check out: www.sopastrike.com
Have you heard about these bills before in the news?