Yesterday, websites went censored, bringing awareness to two upcoming acts before United States Representatives and the United States Senate. Those two acts are SOPA and PIPA. SOPA has been shelved for the moment, but will be brought back sometime in February. PIPA is up before the House on the 24th of January. Both acts purport to curb Internet piracy, but the broad language of the acts and the lack of technical knowledge of those who wrote the acts has resulted in legalize that will do nothing to stop Internet piracy but will instead censor the internets. Not just censor after established crimes have been committed, but before any crime has been proven, by just an accusation that a third party did something piratey on the website.
Or so I deduced after reading several articles and viewing several infographs. I’ve done everything but read the acts. The reason that I read other people’s reasoning of the acts, is that I don’t understand the technical aspects of DNS, domestic vs foreign domains, etc. I figured I needed someone to explain that portion to me, so I went and read Reddit’s technical explanation. It is very thorough and I recommend reading it. The Mary Sue did a report on SOPA/PIPA and the internet black out if you still don’t know what was happening yesterday and didn’t do your own internets research. Google did not black out their site, but they do provide a helpful infograph.
Here’s the kicker. I agree with Topless Robot that it is unlikely the blackout will make much of a point with the white old men in the House and the Senate. Hopefully, the black out brings awareness to the issue and that constituents (that’s you and me) write our Representatives and Senators about this issue. I did. I just wrote out a quick email, copy and pasted it to my three U.S. Congressional representatives and voiced my concerns with the broad and ambiguous language of the two acts. It was easy, it was painless, hopefully it does some good. I don’t know if it will and frankly I think the following comic is possibly more about a premonition than fornication. But it made me laugh.