Wikipedia, Craigslist, Google, Mozilla and thousands of other websites blacked out their pages Wednesday to protest the SOPA and PIPA antipiracy bills. These aren’t just any websites, but some of the most visited websites protesting against the bills and have already gained the support of millions of Americans.
The bills are intended to strengthen protection against copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, but opponents say they would suppress expression on the World Wide Web and slow down economic growth.
SOPA and PIPA would take the risk of copyright violations across the Internet and hit just about any small or large Internet companies. While established sites like Google or Facebook may be able to afford litigation costs related to possible violations, smaller companies and start-ups would not be able to afford these additional expenses. When the Internet accounts for 21 percent of economic growth among developed nations, this is something to worry about.
“The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet,” urged Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. “I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.”
The Senate will begin voting on January 24. Please let them know how you feel.