A few months back I wrote a journal about an internet censorship bill that was looking to be passed in the congress. The bill was poorly written, but the broadness of the wording freaked a lot of internet dwellers out. People were scared their favorite websites would be censored or removed completely. Thankfully the bill didn't pass. Unthankfully a new version is going up for vote now and this time it's getting far more support.
SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act
Once again it's very broadly written and could have very serious implications if it gets passed. The bill is written with the expressed purpose of being able to take legal action against online piracy in foreign markets. It seems likely that the bill is meant to snub out piracy sites like ThePirateBay.org, but the wording is so broad that it's very possible that it could have serious repercussions elsewhere.
Yesterday the bill was supposed to be voted on, but it was delayed due to a filibuster. It's currently set to be voted on next week. www.macobserver.com/tmo/articl…
The good news is that it was delayed. The bad news is that a lot of big Hollywood studios are trying to throw their weight behind the bill. The other good news is that even if this bill is passed next week, there's still a chance to stop it before it becomes a law. And even still after it becomes a law, there's always an opportunity to challenge it for repeal.
Even if the bill passes, the fact that it's so broadly worded can't be good for it. We can always challenge the law if it does get passed, and many companies who think this bill will help them will soon see how negatively it affects them. So keep your chin up guys. The fight isn't over yet.