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Social Media Off The Wall: The People vs. SOPA And PIPA

January 20, 2012 | By | No Comments

Social media pandemonium took place this week in an attempt to stop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) from being passed by congress.

Wednesday January 18th, popular websites like Wikipedia and Reddit protested the bills by going “Dark” for 24 hours. Reddit went as far as to post a very thorugh analysis of both bills and what problems they possess.  Believe it or not the protests actually worked; PIPA co-sponsor Florida Senator Marco Rubio and SOPA co-sponsor Arizona Representative Ben Quayle had pulled their names from their respective bills. Marco Rubio even went as far as to post an article Wednesday on his Facebook Page entitled A Better Way to Fight the Online Theft of American Ideas and Jobs to share why this bill will not work.

“I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs. However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.” – U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio

The debate continues to brew online, although it is very one-sided. On November 15th major online players like Google, eBay, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn wrote this letter to members of congress. The letter claims that SOPA poses, “a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity.” If they did not sound serious enough, Yahoo! left the U.S. Chamber of Congress due to their support of the bills.

Obviously as a blogger and content creator I would hate to see these bills get passed just because of the major changes that would be made to the Internet in order to prevent Piracy. Piracy is a big issue but these bills will require major regulations and restrictions to the Internet and the way people do business over the web. Also how much money is a country in debt willing to put towards this almost impossible endeavor?

What do you think about PIPA and SOPA? Are people just protesting for fun or are there major issues within the context of these bills that we should worry about?

Post your comments below I would love to read how others feel about these bills.

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