Bit of a mix-up for the news today. The SOPA protests are on today, and have been for quite a few hours now, with Wikipedia, Google, Reddit and other sites all either showing a protest, or completely going dark for 24 hours.
The protest is of course in regards to SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act which Congress were debating. On top of this, there is PIPA, the Protect IP Act. Today marks a big day for not only the Internet, but you, me, and everyone in between. If SOPA is to get in, it is more or less the end of the Internet as we know it. It would still exist, but it would be heavily modified. Think of it like, if the Internet servers were in two places, North Korea and China, with a huge firewall, and if the dummies in Congress were the managers, and the MPAA gave out some requirements.
Yes, that's a little over-exaggeration, but it's pretty close. This news is just a "we here at TweakTown oppose SOPA/PIPA and any other stupid bill Congress want to push upon the people", and a bit of a tip in case anyone has missed previous news posts in regards to SOPA and PIPA on our site.
AnandTech have reported that support for PIPA is breaking apart, with at least 13 members of the upper chamber announcing their opposition to PIPA on Wednesday. Five of the newly-opposed Senators were actually sponsors of the Protect IP Act. Shocking, huh? It would seem, in my opinion, these Senators are taking opposition to SOPA and PIPA, to make them seem like a better candidate to vote for.
We all know that politicians and potential Presidents come in and give us hope, and a chance of change, but once in, reverse and who paid for their campaign contributions are the ones who get direct benefit, in either positions of power, monetary benefits, or sometimes, both. We could see SOPA and PIPA, now that it is in the eyes of the mainstream, be a huge draw card when it comes to the upcoming elections this year in the U.S.
All I can say is, Ron Paul, FTW.
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