SOPA/PIPA

After reading the full text of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), I wrote to my Congressmen and Senators to request that they vote NO on these two bills.

While the apparent intent of these two bills is to protect the rights of copyright holders, the execution is severely flawed. Here’s how: let’s say a web site is hosting copyrighted (pirated) data. The SOPA and PIPA bills mandate that Internet Service Providers (ISPs), remove that company’s DNS (Domain Name Server) record. (These are the records that convert “greatmatter.com” into its IP address of 184.106.187.90.) Also, amongst other things, it makes it illegal to link to those sites. That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s actually censorship. Please draw your own conclusions.

Link to SOPA | Link to PIPA

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