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Monday, January 16, 2012

Ding Dong SOPA is dead. For now at least

As of today the US Congress has agreed to shelve the SOPA bill. If you don't know what that is, well you've been living under a rock and I'm not even sure how or why you are here. This article does a decent job of explaining it though- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act. I had heard that several websites were planning to go dark for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest this bill, websites including reddit, Sanctuary Radio, Boing Boing and Wikipedia. This bill would have had a huge impact on how we use the internet and even what we are able to access. 

The Obama administration has responded to the massive backlash regarding the SOPA bill on the White House's official website - http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/14/obama-administration-responds-we-people-petitions-sopa-and-online-piracy "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." 

I'm glad it was shelved but I'm not dumb enough to think that this won't come up again. I just hope that our elected government still remembers that by including certain provisions in bills like these they are in fact reducing our freedoms such as free speech and freedom of expression. If you would like to read more about this bill and it being shelved check out these links




Only time will tell what is will be coming down the pipeline next. 

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