SOPA and PIPA Battle Far From Over

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The current hot topic in politics is Congress's proposed legislation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). These acts aim to stop online piracy from harming America's intellectual property and the people associated with it. Online businesses such as Google and Wikipedia, however, are protesting the acts. wikipedia2.png

Their argument is that the legislation will hurt businesses by shutting down their websites if they infringe on the acts' provisions and that the acts will not stop online piracy. Many sites, including Google and Wikipedia, protested on January 18 by either blacking out their websites or putting information and an online petition on their website. These protests were successful in raising public awareness, getting internet users to contact their representatives, and decrease support in Congress for the legislation.

The author, David Tereshchuk, does not think that the SOPA and PIPA battle is over. While the protests are powerful, they may not measure up to the influence of the combined forces of Hollywood, the recording industry, and network television. Their argument is intellectual property and profits, which may prove to have the lobbying power to push the legislation forward in Congress. Tereshschuk's point is that this battle may just be heating up and the results are hard to predict.

Resources

The article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-tereshchuk/sopa-and-pipa-battle_b_1214146.html
The Google protest: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction
The Wikipedia protest continues: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CongressLookup?new=yes
The Wikipedia article on the SOPA part of the protest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
The Wikipedia article on the PIPA part of the protest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act

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