Many websites are blacked out today to protest the proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
While I do not support piracy, SOPA, as it is written, won’t shut down pirate sites. Instead, these sites will simply change their IP address and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer penalties for breaches they were unaware of.
If these bills are passed, the U.S. government could order websites to be blocked using similar methods to those employed in China. Entire websites would be deleted from search results. This is not just inconvenient, it’s censorship. As an avid reader, writer, a journalist, a blogger, and a social media user, I do not support censorship in any way, shape, or form.
Please do your part to stop censorship by writing to your congressperson and tell him/her to oppose SOPA and PIPA. Not only am I against this act, but Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress, Google, Twitpic, Mozilla, Zynga, LinkedIn, and other internet “giants” oppose this act. Hell, even the White House/Obama administration is against it as it is currently written.
Amy’s Bookshelf will be blacked out on January 18, 2012 from 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM EST (or 5:00 AM- 5:00 PM for all of my fellow West Coasters).