Saturday, September 23, 2017

SOPA, PIPA could change internet rules in America

Google has blacked out its iconic logo today, using the black bar as a link to its stance on the SOPA and PIPA legislation being considered in Washington.

Legislation that was scheduled for a vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives could significantly impact the way Americans, and more specifically American businesses use the internet.  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) had been scheduled to be brought to a vote, however according to news reports out of Washington from yesterday, House leaders have decided to shelve the measure for the time being.  The Senate version of the bill is PIPA, or Protect IP Act.

One of the reasons the House shelved the bill could be the major pushback from several prominent websites including Wikipedia, Reddit, and Boing Boing.

These sites, along with many others, have decided to protest Congressional action by “going black” today for a period of anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.

Online search engine giant Google has taken a different approach.  Visitors to google.com today will be greeted with a black box over the iconic Google logo, which is a link to a statement from the company about the proposed legislation.

For more information about this story, see any of the following links:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/17/why-is-there-going-to-be-a-wikipedia-blackout-and-what-is-sopa/

http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2012/01/17/wikipedia-blackout-january-18-5-things-to-know-about-sopa-pipa-protest/?intcmp=obnetwork

http://img.ibtimes.com/www/articles/20120117/283144_sopa-blackout-list-jan-18-google-wikipedia.htm

For those people inspired to contact representatives in Washington, Wikipedia provides an easy portal to type in a zip code for contact information of the appropriate Congressmen and Senators.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki

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