#SOPASTRIKE – resources to help you understand the Stop Online Piracy Act

I didn’t really think of this until my roommate and sister pointed it out, but a post showing my love for YouTube fits pretty nicely with today’s protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). As a journalism student and a blogger, I decided I needed to write something about SOPA and why people are opposing it so vehemently.

Here’s what you should know about SOPA:

According to an article on CNN, SOPA is “a proposed bill that aims to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content.”  Protecting content is one thing–nobody likes having their work stolen–but SOPA opposers say the way the bill is written promotes censorship, which is another story completely. In a nation supposedly built upon free speech, censorship goes against one of our fundamental values.

I’m not sure how many of you have checked Wikipedia today, but Wikipedia is blacking out its website for 24 hours to raise awareness about the proposed legislation. It’s not the only one; Google’s logo is blacked out in protest, and other websites are blocking their content, as well. Some websites that could be affected by the legislation include YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

For more information about SOPA, its new friend PIPA, and websites that are blocking their content today, check out these articles:

Want to help? Sign the petition. Want to do even more? Sign and send this letter to Congress. Still not satisfied? Contact your representative.

Two posts in one day? Aren’t you little duckies lucky.


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