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SOPA and PIPA Explained

Updated on January 13, 2013

Stop Online Piracy Act Is A Slippery Slope

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill proposed by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (Republican) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

Internet Black-Out Day
photo © by Judy Ferony

Provisions include the requesting of court-orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the sites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. The law would expand existing criminal laws to include streaming of copyright material, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Read more on Wikipedia

We are heading down a very slippery slope when we allow legislation like SOPA & PIPA to be passed. This country was built on free speech, and so many other freedoms that we as Americans have taken for granted. Little by little our elected officials chip away at our Constitutional Rights. Just over the holidays Obama passed legislation that gives the government the right to hold American citizens in custody with the right to a fair trial. He thought no one was paying attention. Maybe he was right, I sure hope not.

The photo in my intro is how my web site Deadicated.Org looked on January 18, 2012 in a show of Solidarity; I also Blacked Out all the posts on the front page of my local blog, The Morris Park Blogspot. The reason why I love the EFF (John Perry Barlow's Foundation) or The Electronic Frontier Foundation is in part, he was the only one who took interest when I was being threatened and pressured to take my blog down (or sanitize it). The blog would report on local politics in my Bronx neighborhood and every once in a while I'd get a frantic call from a staffer at a politician's office to take down a post. I was also cheated out of an internship over this blog, even though our local Community Board would deny it. As it turns out, I wound up taking most of it down, you see, I'm out of work and HR people scour the internet looking for the slightest excuse not to hire you. One example of this was an operator's job at one of the big three networks; I applied for the job on their web site in the wee hours of the morning and the very next day (first thing in the morning) I had a tremendous amount of page views.

Not only is Freedom Not Free; it's becoming very scarce too.

We Are Throwing Our Civil Rights Down The Toilet - Then Wiping Our Bottoms With The Constitution

SOPA and the Demonstrations, and their aftermath. For those of you that say "Who Cares!", you should, under this law you may go to your Squidoo or FaceBook account and it will no longer be there because they were in violation of the SOPA Laws. Think about it! Be an educated voter. Keep an eye on the people who initially supported it like Senators Charles Schumer and Gillibrand; and (most important) remember this in November when you go to vote. Remember while we weren't paying attention during the holidays, that Obama sign into legislation a law that gives the government the right to hold American Citizens without a fair trial. Think about this when we go into other countries and tell them how to live their lives, and in the process, spill the blood of our youth and America's best, bravest and brightest. Right now we don't have a draft, next war that may change. We are going backwards, not moving forward and should be ashamed of ourselves, one day we will look back in regret at what we so easily gave up.

John Perry Barlow Speaks At An Anti-SOPA Demonstration In NYC

SOPA & PIPA Explained - By The Khan Academy

We The People ... Disagree! - The Uphill Battle For The Right To Free Speech ...

... and those who are fighting for it.

The Declaration of Independence - The Constitution of the United States of America

The Internet Without A Voice

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    • jc91583 profile image

      jc91583 5 years ago

      You are talking about something that touches close to home for everyone. I commend you on speaking out on the issues. Way to make a difference!

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      Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Thanks for spreading the word!

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      webscan 5 years ago

      Visited and bookmarked for future reference. Thanks for explaining all these.

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      VatsalMakhija 5 years ago

      I dislike all these acts!

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      mountainstevo 5 years ago

      Excellent explanation!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Amen Sista!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Less government is good government and we'll be falling down those slippery slopes, the uphill battle is tougher on a slippery slope for sure!

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: ahctakcab - backatcha

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @GoAceNate LM: I'm honored, Happy Backwards Day!!! LOL

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I've allowed HTML in the comments thread so if you have a related article or lens you can add it; please refrain from adding non-related links, they might very well be removed. Thanks for visiting my Lens and participating; I appreciate it, it's a subject that affects us all.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! I was trying to explain this one to my wife and just why it was important for the government to keep there damn hands off. If you're interested I have a Flickr gallery of screen shots from the black out. PM me if you'd like to use them. It's important to get the word out about this. The Internet is in danger.