the boy with the broken stomach

Imagine the world without liberty. Imagine the internet without free knowledge. Will you survive?

Currently there is an ongoing protest all over the world against the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The bills could change the future of the internet. The bills that can directly impact big internet companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and many more. It’s like the dark ages of the World Wide Web.

So how does it work? Basically private corporation wants to block sites where people can download unauthorized copy of movies, music, tv shows and the like. The bill allows US-based internet provider to block access to infringing domain names. It can also sue US-based search engines, blogs, social network and other websites to which those invading links where moved. Secondly it the government can cut off funds to those infringing websites from advertisers to cancel those accounts. And that’s how it is in a nutshell. But with this overwhelming power of the US government we can never really tell what will happen next.

Having SOPA will only mean one thing: The idea of expressing ourselves over the internet will be much limited. We can be imprisoned from singing a pop song upload on Youtube. Facebook and Twitter users will be censored on things they post on the site. We need to do something about this. We are talking about the interne; rich, vibrant and vital network to which our generation is depending on. STOP PIPA! NO TO SOPA! Take action.

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