Hi guys. I'm not usually one to post political commentary here but the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act really needs to be squashed here and now. For those of you not familiar with the bills, they attempt to combat online piracy by taking away a lot of our free rights. Under these bills websites and companies would become susceptible to lawsuits and prosecution for its content. Sites like this may not be allowed to exist anymore. Even websites outside of the United States who shouldn't be subject to U.S. law could be prosecuted. I really think that it is a terrible direction for the internet to head in and I hope that both these bills are shot down fast. Recently things are looking a lot better with the the U.S. government rejecting SOPA however there is always the lingering possibility that it could be brought back. Let's try to make sure that that does not happen. PIPA passes before congress on the 24th.
Today a lot of websites are blacking out their address in an effort to protest both bills. I don't know how to set it up so that this site will be blacked out too but I can urge you to look into SOPA and PIPA and try to do anything that you can to prevent these bill from passing. I'm going to link you guys to information about both of the bills and what can be done to stop them. I'll also link you to some sites where you guys can actively voice your concerns to the U.S. government about these bill as well.
One of the great things about the internet is the freedom to say and post what we want with a limited amount of censorship. Please try your best to keep it that way. The fact that SOPA has been shelved for now shows that voicing our concerns can make a difference. Whether it is by letting the U.S. government know that you don't want these type of bills to take effect or just letting other people know about the bill or even by learning more about them for your own knowledge. You can make a difference.