I think that the new laws would end up blocking many sites like this one. I use this site as a scratchpad, a notepad, a place to store information that I find important and am afraid I may never find again on the internet or that might go away on the site it was originally published. Now with these laws, my scratchpad can be deemed stolen bytes because I am not the creator of all content. If I find something and like it and bookmark it and the company goes away the information is lost. If I may notes and put them onto my site, I still have that record of what or how to do something…
I imagine we will all feel very naked when we realize we have given up all the freedom that this country was founded on.
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
Under the current wording of the measures, the Attorney General would have the power to order ISPs to block access to foreign-based sites suspected of trafficking in pirated and counterfeit goods; order search engines to delist the sites from their indexes; ban advertising on suspected sites; and block payment services from processing transactions for accused sites. If the same standards were applied to U.S.-based sites, Hemp.com, Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Google and Wired could all find themselves blocked.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.