Some people I’ve spoke to recently have considered acts such as SOPA, PIPA and ACTA as things that need doing to protect the intellectual property and believe that those of us that oppose the bills are simply “hippies” trying to “stick it to the man”.
These people I’ve spoken to are clearly misinformed about how much these proposed bills will effect the internet. I know that this blog does not drive millions and millions of viewers a month but even with 100 views a day, if I can help change an opinion or gain support for opposing the bill that helps a cause I feel strongly about.
There is no point me explaining what each bill is because other people have done it in a far better way than I ever could and the internet being fantastically open and lovely in it’s current state has allowed me to embed some videos for you to watch to help you understand what will actually happen to the internet.
I will start with ACTA as it is one of the least talked about:
Now after that, you can see how that effects the world and how pathetically boring the internet would become afterwards. It completely restricts freedom of speech and things such as twitter and wordpresss could not exist in the way they do today.
So now SOPA, similar ideas, also restricting and changing our internet:
The problem with SOPA is that it targets the provider of content rather than the person who has uploaded it. Websites like YouTube and Blogger could be shut down imediately just because one person uploaded copyrighted material, whether they knew they were doing it or not. Obviously Google services would have systems implemented to minimise the chances of this but as it’s processing 60 minutes of video a second now, it’s unlikely they’d be able to track it all. The freedom of information would be so limited that websites that don’t support government acts and papers could be completely unaccessible and that prevents the chance for the end user (internet consumers) to even find out if these things are being done. It would put us completely in the dark.
I’m going to pop one more video in here that explains PIPA and SOPA in one because there aren’t many PIPA dedicated videos around:
Even experts are completely against the ideas proposed by the ignorant politicians that well and truly do not understand what the internet is about. There are ways to prevent this from happening, Wikipedia and Google did massive raise awareness days by limiting their services or showing a black banner. Over the next few months numerous boycotts and protests will be carried out by internet freedom supporters around the globe to protect the internet. People are boycotting companies that support the bill purely to get them out of pocket, counteracting exactly what they thought the bill has done.
I hope, those of you that didn’t understand how much this would change the internet, now do! There is more information around via a quick Google search of SOPA or ACTA and it’s worth keeping an eye in the news searches for them to see what activists are up to in order to try and prevent them from being passed. Many politicians have stopped backing the bills since the internet black outs on the 18th of Jan 2012. The bill has also been shelved temporarily although it is still on the cards and that has to change.