In case you haven’t noticed yet, big things are happening on the Internet today. Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist, Wired, and many other websites (both high and low traffic) have “gone dark” in protest of the House bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Even Google is protesting, albeit in a less infringing way. The bill is designed to crack down on Internet piracy, and if passed, would put a huge damper on Internet sharing. The Department of Justice would be able to order an Internet service provider to cut off access to a website if it thought the site was promoting copyright infringement (i.e. if any individual user on the website posted copyrighted material). The DOJ could also require search engines such as Google to remove all links and search results to an infringing website.
Here at EMA, we are coming out against the SOPA bill. Our main page has “gone dark” today to oppose the bill as well. We support open-source, innovation, and free speech, and this bill would censor all of these. If passed, this bill could potentially allow the government to shut down, for example, Twitter, simply because somebody posted content that was copyrighted. And that just isn’t right. Websites that we all use everyday such as Youtube, Tumblr, Facebook, and Wikipedia would be drastically affected and risk being shut down at any moment. Yes, online piracy may be a problem, but there has got to be a better way to deal with it than censoring the Internet.
Join us in stopping SOPA by contacting your Senators and Representatives. You can black out your website today to come out against the bill. Together, we can end piracy, not liberty.