SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) sound like good ideas... but they are ideas that will go to far. I want to feel safe when going online. I want to be protected... but at what cost? The SOPA and PIPA bills will basically rid you of your free speech on the web. Here is a break down of what the bills propose. I am paraphrasing so don't take the below as the EXACT wording of the bills.
- Provisions that would criminalize linking to sites accused of infringement, burdening websites based on user content with the task of policing their many posters on an impossibly micro level
- Endangering investment in the tech sector as a whole, as investors will be wary of putting money into websites that are known to have the legal obligation to constantly scrub offending links
- Wording that would hold websites blameless for "over-blocking" innocent websites in attempt to comply with new, strict guidelines, essentially encouraging the practice of mass online self-censorship
- The bills frequently refer not only to infringing foreign sites, but also to sites found facilitating infringement, which means that a broad array of things could be potentially criminalized, from open-source software to aggregation websites
- The bills use vague wording that could easily be exploited to twist the intended meaning of the law, and they include references to internet mechanics that are often far too simplistic (especially with regards to classifying "foreign" vs. "domestic" sites)
Bullet points taken from Joystick Division