The world today is on the wide web. There are millions of people around the world that can't live without the Internet. From shopping to paying bills, from wathing TV on smart phones to uploading videos, communicating, etc. so it's difficult to imagine the world without the wide web.
Even our current President used the www to help his campaign and he too opposes SOPA. But does Congress think that all this Internet/web freedom is out of control?
Apparently so as a Bill titled Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) in October of 2011.
The idea and intentions of SOPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the PROTECT-IP Act) are good: it's to get rid of pirates and counterfeiters on the Internet, or the illegal distribution of movies and music.
However, AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on November 15, 2011 saying these bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.”
It’s also why 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness”. More than 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”. According to Google's take action campaign.
They also believe that Congress should consider alternatives like the OPEN Act, which takes targeted and focused steps to cut off the money supply from foreign pirate sites without making US companies censor the Web.
So if you are interested in supporting Google and the other Law-abiding U.S. internet companies that oppose the Internet's development, please sign this petition.
No SOPA for US!