There is a big hype on the internet about the US government trying to censor, or even shut down sites with user generated content. Eg, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Gadgetzz and even Blogs would have to turn commenting off. Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users. It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user.
The Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly known as SOPA. Generally speaking, this legislation is intended to help content creators like movie and music companies to combat the overseas Web sites that host illegal downloads. Sounds fairly harmless, right? Couple of problems with that. First, it was apparently written by people without a basic understanding of things like DNS entries and IP addresses. Long story short, it wouldn’t stop people from accessing the sites Congress (and big media) want to block. For added fun, it would give those big media companies – and just about everyone else – a whole raft of legal tools allowing them to harass hosting companies, search engines, social media sites and little old bloggers like you and me.
Censorship isn’t freedom. SOPA needs to be stopped.