Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Oppose SOPA and PIPA


If you think SOPA and PIPA are just like any ordinary soup acronym like LOL and BRB, think again.

SOPA or Stop Online Piracy Act better known as House Bill 3261 was introduced in the US House of Representatives to prevent stealing American-produced content (eventually, any nation’s content).

PIPA on the other hand means Protect IP Act. The purpose of this is to protect goods and products that are copied by counterfeiters.

Sounds good right? But the big question here is: WHY all good and famous websites oppose SOPA and PIPA? Take a look at the list below of the websites who oppose these acts:
  1. TwitPic
  2. Minecraft
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Reddit
  5. Google
  6. Wordpress.org
  7. Mozilla
  8. Godaddy
  9. Namecheap
  10. Free Press
  11. Reddit
  12. Flickr
  13. Tumblr
  14. Vimeo
  15. Digibase
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Thanks to sopastrike.com for the list, you can visit the website to view the complete list.

As you can see, these are credible social media, search engine and video hosting websites. It’s so alarming that they are all against SOPA and PIPA.

It’s so ironic that I visited Wikipedia (one of the protesters) to search the effect of SOPA and PIPA to the internet users and here is what I found out:


WIKIPEDIA website is currently black out to show their protest against SOPA and PIPA. The message is “Imagine a World without Free Knowledge”.

So, in a micro perspective, I will state my own reasons as a blogger and as an internet user why I oppose SOPA and PIPA.

As a blogger, I oppose SOPA and PIPA because:

  1. Ad providers like Google AdSense, Federated Media, etc. will be required to stop providing ad service to the site.

As a blogger, I am earning from blog through the advertisers. If SOPA and PIPA will require advertisers to stop providing ad services, bloggers all around the world will be sad.

  1. PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and any other Payment providers will be required to terminate service to the site.

Some bloggers are selling goods online, some bloggers are also accepting website donation through PayPal and other payment gateways. Now, with SOPA and PIPA, these could not be possible anymore.

  1. Websites Could be Censored

The SOPA and PIPA will give government the power to censor a website. As a blogger, I was alarmed with this because this will not only ban your website, but also remove your links from the search engines.

As a user, I oppose SOPA and PIPA because:

  1. Your ISP can block your access to the website for 5 days
  2. Your downloads, uploads and link sharing will be closely monitored
  3. This will be a threat to Social Media and Online communities

Piracy is already part of the internet. SOPA and PIPA could not resolve the piracy issue. It would just hold every internet user in the neck. Let’s STOP Piracy, let’s STOP SOPA and let’s stop PIPA.

20 comments:

  1. Another thing, if they suspect your site as fraud without any reason at all, they are authorized to knock on your door seize you though all you wanted to do is gather general knowledgeable information-without the intention of stealing.

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  2. oh no!!!!.....that's scary...it will prevent us blogger to share network information on our page...

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  3. well.. I hope they refine this a little bit more if they really want to get this push through.. but what will happen to all people who have their lives depending on their online incomes.. this is bad

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  4. Information not shared is worthless. Let's all oppose this!

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  5. Me too i opposed... let's share information on web.. no information no web... web is useless without sharing information...

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  6. and we go back to the era of huge encyclopedia's sold by door-to-door salesmen. o.o

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  7. that was a good information about the bad effects of the said bill

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  8. Terrible house bills! If made law, we earning bloggers are all done and to think a large number of us simply want to make a decent income online without the intention to steal at all. Tsk...tsk...

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  9. This should be opposed. Trash this bill instead.

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  10. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook posted this on his status:

    The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.

    The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.

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  11. the last thing na libre, pinagbabawal pa nila? hhmmm let's support the protest

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  12. The Internet with SOPA and PIPA will now longer be the Internet as we know it :( :( :( I support all the companies against SOPA and PIPA!

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  13. NO to SOPA and PIPA! Let's fight for our right tor free information! I am a Pro-Internet!

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  14. as i've said, they are cutting the whole tree when only a branch has a problem. desperate move. Yahweh bless.

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  15. Not good at all! Badass congress of US!

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  16. This will mean one thing. We will pay for every piece of information that we will take from the internet. Back to basics, back to books, back to CDs and audio tapes, back to watching TV and DVD.

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  17. SOPA and PIPA is a threat to every Net users. Known and celebrity social media are opposed to this. Theirs is business.

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  18. this would only mean.. they could put price on all kind of information.. which is bad.. internet is for everyone.. tsk tsk

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  19. we really cannot stop people from doing bad things. what we can do is avoid ourselves to do bad things.

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  20. there will be no facebook and youtube if sopa comes into play, goodbye freedom of speech..

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