Help Stop the “Stop Online Piracy Act” – It Hurts All of Us

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 6, 2011


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”.

Some of the official supporters trying to stop this act are: Public Knowledge | EFF | FSF | Mozilla | Demand Progress | Fight For the Future | PPF | Creative Commons | Wikimedia | Anonymous

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

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.

To help stop SOPA from passing, call your Senator here to tell them why this Act should not go into effect.

  • sorry, but piracy is WRONG! I support this bill!

    • Vlad

      Of course it’s wrong. But is this really the way to fight piracy? You and me getting an censured Internet due to others piracy? What happened to “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”?

      • Dsteele

        The only thing being censored are the site that exist to distribute stolen property. I support this bill. Piracy is illegal. Just because it is done behind closed doors doesn’t make it ok.

        • Joakim

          This law is like the “security” controls that were added after 9/11. The only thing it does is annoy normal people. It will not stop terrorism. Neither will this law stop piracy. Don’t understand how one industry can dictate how the Internet should work for the rest of the world. But I guess that industry has got good loobyists (I wonder how they can afford that, bleeding as they are) …

          • Dsteele

            It won’t stop all piracy but it will stop large scale commercial operations that specialize in stealing content. Those site are making it harder ever day to produce content. Consumers are being conditioned to think that everything is free and that it has no value. This is not true. Content has some value and it cost to produce. It is illegal to consume the product without paying the producer unless that producer gives it away to the public as a means of promotion. Just because everyone does it doesn’t mean that is is ok. Either piracy stops or the selection of content will decrease because the profit margins are only getting smaller. If you want it free all the time don’t expect much in the way of selection or quality. Something has to give. If you stop and think about it you know something has to give.

          • CommonSense

            You wouldn’t drop a nuclear warhead on a city to catch a shoplifter, why would you systematically dismantle e-commerce and internet free speech to stop piracy? It’s completely illogical.

            I’m all for measures to counteract piracy as long as the law is strictly spelled out and not a loosely worded mess of a bill that has been compiled in order to give more power to already bloated special interest groups.

            The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  • Dripping Metal

    this isnt about piracy tho… it about the government taking away your freedom. today they block you from pirate bay, what do they block tomorrow? if this bill passes they will censor everything that holds to potential to distribute media. you guys are retarded if you think this bill will stop piracy, it will just drive it further underground. its days like this that im proud to be a canadian.

  • Jeroy jenkins

    This is a retarted bill. The internet was created to allow people so share things now S.O.P.A. is ruining the whole purpose of the internet. I dont think it’s wrong.