I'm jumping on the STOP SOPA AND PIPA bandwagon!

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I'm jumping on the STOP SOPA AND PIPA bandwagon!


A friend of mine just posted this on Facebook:

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If you aren't up to speed on SOPA or PIPA there is plenty posted today online to get you up to speed quickly.  I just "googled"  News for SOPA and got over 8,000 related articles.  Web sites like Wikipedia, Wrodpress.org, and Reddit shut down their sites today in protest of these bills.  Google blacked out it's trademark header.

In a nutshell, these are bills before Congress (one before the House and the other before the Senate) written to stop the problem of foreign web sites selling US intellectual property or counterfeit products (like medicines.)  A good premise, certainly - after all, one of the functions of our government is to put legislation in place that protects the citizens of our country.

The problem is that these bills have been written too broadly (and written to protect big industry) and would jeopardize how the Internet functions.  The language in these bills would allow any site, even personal web sites like blogs, to potentially be shut down if suspected of copyright infringement.  This is a problem for any web site that allows public interaction and comment - we would not only be responsible for our content but also for the content of those posting on our sites.  A site like Facebook would have to monitor EVERY SINGLE link posted by every single member because if someone posted something that was copywritten, FB could be taken down.  My little blog site could be taken down, too.

Do you see the problem?

Here are just a couple links to bring you up to speed on the controversy.

www.usnews.com:  "What the Internet Could Be Like if SOPA Passes"

www.pbs.org:   "Is Congress putting online freedon at risk?  How SOPA would change the Internet"

news.yahoo.com:  "What the Internet Could Be Like If SOPA Passes"

Or, if sports is your thing, try this one.

www.nesn.com:  "Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Has Serious Repercussions for Passionate Sports Fans."



To read the actual bills click below.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)


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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Yes I see the problem and we need to do all we can to get this stopped. Down with SOPA & PIPA

Jan 18, 2012 12:52 PM #1
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

For the past several days every time I go onto Craigslist for the past several days it brings up a screen (no choice) before it allows you to go to the page you want. The screen is A STOP PIPA AND SOPA page.   I appreciate they are trying to make us all aware but it sure makes navigating the site difficult....

However, back to the subject at hand, it definitely seems that these bills are far too broad and therefore scary, so write your congressman(woman) and protest.  

Jan 18, 2012 01:07 PM #2
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

If we don't protest it will be our faults when we are censored and the net becomes useless.  Write them, call them and let them know their future employment depends on the right decision here. 

Jan 18, 2012 01:28 PM #3
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

It is too broad but how can the government narrow it down to satisfy everyone. We want our military to kill the enemies of the US but when a few innocent people are killed then we want to lock them all up.

Jan 18, 2012 01:46 PM #4
Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

Anna - Definitely.

Sue - I agree that it was a little annoying to try to look stuff up yesterday, however it definitely had an impact on our politicians!

Marge - yes, yes, yes! We, the public, have an obligation to let our representatives know when we don't agree with things!!!

Charles - I can't respond to this...it would lead me down the political debate path and I try my hardest to avoid that in the public forum.  :D  

Jan 19, 2012 12:35 AM #5
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