Do you enjoy your internet freedom? Do you enjoy being able to do whatever you want while connected to the internet? Well if you are living in the United States, that freedom is in serious danger. To start, lets get a Wikipedia definition of SOPA.
“The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R.3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.”
Basically, the American government is trying to shut down websites such as the Pirate Bay and stop US citizens from using services like Limewire and uTorrent. Once the Act is passed, we may start seeing messages on our favorite websites that read, “WE FURTHER REMIND YOU THAT THE UNAUTHORIZED UPLOADING AND DOWNLOADING OF COPYRIGHTED WORKS IS ILLEGAL”.
As always, people deemed “hackers” will always find away around such Acts to sensor the internet. However, for the average person, the internet might never be the same. This includes internet access from online searches, all the way down to mobile applications. And if you aren’t in the US, once this Act passes, other countries may see it as a reason to pass a law of their own with the same censorship in mind.