What is SOPA? (...And Why It Needs To Be Stopped)


If you've been using the internet today (which you obviously have), it would have been difficult for you to avoid the wide-scale internet protest led by Google, Wikipedia, and other large companies whom many of us love, and who consider themselves vigilant defenders against internet censorship.  So what's all the fuss about?  A proposed law that, if passed, would seriously damage the way we use the internet.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill that was recently introduced in Congress by a bipartisan group of Congressmen on behalf of the major media companies and other parties concerned about internet piracy.  Here's a list of the bill's supporters (note: the list is shrinking every day).

The goal of the bill is to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights, particularly against foreign websites.  Few would argue against this goal.  However, the devil is in the details, and if passed, this particular bill will do a lot more harm than good by opening up opportunities for every major website you visit to be blocked simply based on an allegation.  It strikes at the heart of free speech on the internet, and it's a scary bill that could seriously affect you - which is why we oppose SOPA, and why we ask you to take the time to understand what's at stake, and to get involved.

Here's an easy way to write to your political representatives:
https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
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