but there are two bills in Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. What many don’t realize, if these bills pass, they would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Websites like ours, would be at risk of being shut down, simply because we talk about other brands on our site.
This video helps explain more about this bill and what can happen if it passes…
PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – fightforthefuture.org/pipa
Here is what google thinks about it… https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
Many websites are shutting down for the entire day. Due to the nature of our site, and the fact that thousands of people come here daily (even hourly) for information to help them save money, we have decided to keep the site up for the day. But this post will stay at the top all day long, and we strongly plead with you to take action today!
Here is another fabulous article that links to the full text of the bill and explains things in great detail: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/