The ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ is certainly causing a lot of concern in the USA, even though it has suffered a bit of a set back in the US House of Representatives. There is also PIPA (The Protect IP Act) yet another bill that is causing a lot of debate:-
(click here for info from CBS News on SOPA & PIPA)
Extract on what it is all about:-
The bills are intended to strengthen protections against copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, but Internet advocates say they would stifle expression the World Wide Web. In essence, the legislation has pitted content providers — like the music and film industries — against Silicon Valley.
“It’s not a battle of left versus right,” said progressive activist Adam Green, whose organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday hosted a press conference with opponents of the bills. “Frankly, it’s a battle of old versus new.”
What is certain however that many major sites will ‘Go Dark’ today the 18th Jan in protest to the whole thing, some big names like reddit, WordPress and Wikipedia being involved.
If you are late to the party and want to join in, then this link to Webpronews will give you details of how to make your contribution to the anti SOPA & PIPA day.
Whatever, it is certainly cause for concern as if these bills are passed in an incorrect manner or interpreted the wrong way then the whole Worldwide Internet Community could be affected.
Definitely something to keep an eye on…