Friday, January 20, 2012

What's hot in the news? SOPA

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, major websites joined forces in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) by blacking out their websites to the public.

Sites like Reddit and Wikipedia were among the big guns that contributed to this online protest.  It is kind of a scary time for the Internet because if SOPA is passed, the Internet as we know it will be dramatically changed.  Websites like YouTube will be gone, also photo/file sharing sites.  On Thursday, Jan. 19, Megaupload was shutdown and persons linked to the website were arrested.

Under SOPA, Internet providers are able to shutdown domains, with no due process or appeals.  After the blackouts on Wednesday, websites like Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit all gathered millions of signatures to try and kill the act, there was also an increase in phone calls to state representatives about the act.

At this point in time SOPA has been shelved indefinitely because of the huge amounts of anti-SOPA/PIPA protests that occurred on Wednesday.

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