Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOPA Blackout

I know that I'm not a brainiac. Nor am I a coder. What I am is an internet writer that will be effected by the SOPA and PIPA internet bills that are before Congress and the Senate right now.

The way I understand them, these laws will make 99% of the users of the internet and producers of internet content into FELONS. While I don't condone piracy or stealing, these bills go way too far to protect a very few.

If you would like to understand it all better you can check out the following articles:

About the blackout, and a video that explains it better: SOPA Blackout Set For January 18
A detailed look at the SOPA bill on Mashable: Why SOPA is Dangerous

I know that this site isn't 'blacked out' but this is what I can do. For those of you so inclined, look for ways to contact your representatives and let your voice be heard. This stuff is scary, y'all.

Edited to add: Here is a link to a petition. I signed and so should you.
Edited again: A brilliantly funny and Not Safe for Children or probably Work explanation from The Oatmeal
Headless Mom

3 comments:

Heather E said...

what happened to having just having freedom of speech and being able to express how you feel in your OWN way... This SOPA thing has me quiet newrvosu!

Heather E said...

quite* nervous* obviously my pain mes are kicking in & its time for bed!

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

I'm not blacked-out, but a bit more gray-ish today. Words like censorship and boycott make me itch something fierce.