Media Blackout of Stop Online Piracy Act
Countless blog posts and “non-mainstream” news sites have been warning us relentlessly about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. (The Senate version of the same bill is the Protect IP Act — S. 968.)
This bill is the ultimate example of using a nuclear bomb to kill a mosquito. In order to be 100% certain that nobody anywhere will ever again distribute or download movies or music without paying, the film and recording industries are willing to destroy the Internet. Period. This is NOT an exaggeration.
Under this proposed law: If a copyright holder complains that a certain blog or website is infringing on his/her copyright, that website will be shut down. No questions, no court hearing, nothing. One complaint — whether valid or not — and the “offending” website will be shut down. Search engines will be forced to de-list any website that’s been accused of violating the Stop Online Piracy Act. And if your own blog is even LINKED to a website that’s been accused of piracy — down you go.
This is more drastic than you’ve even imagined. For example: if someone complains that their copyright has been violated by a post on Facebook or a YouTube video, that entire website could be taken down. No more YouTube because somebody somewhere made a complaint?!?!?!
This bill is being pushed through Congress by three small — but incredibly wealthy — organizations: the film industry, the recording industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Search engines and Internet Service Providers — not exactly struggling mom-and-pop companies — are lobbying against this bill. But they’ve been outspent four to one by the film and recording industries.
This bill is quietly — very quietly! — working its way through Congress, with strong support from both parties. And there’s no indication that Obama will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
A few politicians — of both parties — are alarmed by the Stop Online Piracy Act and are trying to fight it or at least water it down. Paul Ryan has warned that the bill could lead to mass censorship. Ron Wyden and Darrell Issa introduced a less extreme watered-down version of the bill, but it was defeated in the House.
Again, this bill has been warned about and argued about, all over the Internet, by millions of people. And yet, you’ve never seen or heard ONE mention of this bill in ANY mainstream publication or website.
Could that be because so many “news” corporations and movie studios are owned by the same people? Nah — just a coincidence.
A few millionaires are ready and willing to destroy the Internet just to make sure their own profits keep going up and up and up. And most of the public doesn’t even know about this. If you would like the mainstream “news” media to take a brief moment away from the Kardashians to warn the public that their Internet access could be gone forever —Please Sign This Petition.