"SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the "Stop Online Piracy Act," and PIPA is an acronym for the "Protect IP Act." ("IP" stands for "intellectual property.") In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet."You can read more about this proposed legislation on Wikipedia and Google, among other places. Please take a moment to understand why these bills are so dangerous, and why so many oppose them. Each site provides a way for you to contact your congressional representative and add your voice. Although President Obama and his administration have opposed these bills, they are still in Congress and the threat has not gone away.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
SOPA and PIPA
You many notice today on sites like Wikipedia and Google that the Internet is protesting two bills in Congress; a summary from Wikipedia: