I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section. I couldn't find anywhere obviously appropriate for this.
If the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill goes through, the internet will be changed forever.
Scary shit, look at the link below.
Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet - YouTube
Do something about it here:
American Censorship Day November 16 - Join the fight to stop SOPA
Find your congress person to write to them:
Yesterday congress started holding hearings on the first American censorship system.
Internet companies have been lobbying like crazy and this bill has the potential to pass.
The big key thing: The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any user. So not only can an internet site be censored for having something that entertainment companies deem wrong. And I say wrong because the wording is so open that it can be considered so many things.
Not only can that website be blocked, but also someone/sites that have linked to it. Then you have risk of jail for ordinary users. It becomes a felony
with potential of jail for 5 years to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license. Even if it's for non-commercial use. That could be like singing a song in a video that you uploaded on facebook or youtube. Internet service providers could be forced to block social media sites, search engines could be required to delete results, and all other sorts of nonsense because of one copyright holder. This is a very big deal, this is the first step to a VERY changed internet.