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Why is Google Blacked Out?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are two bills currently being considered by legislators in Washington, D.C. – if passed, the bills will drastically change the you use the Internet.

No Google Doodle today – Google has blacked out their logo to speak out against SOPA and PIPA. 

What is SOPA? 
What is SOPA? SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act currently in the House, basically, it’s a bill that would censor websites, in addition impose regulations that would limit the way American businesses and web surfers use the Internet. Millions of Internet users and companies like Google and websites like Reddit, Boing Boing and Wikipedia have gone dark today, January 18 in response to the bill and in to raise awareness on the  legislation.

The “Blackout” has already gotten some legislators to take notice – and some have stopped supporting the bill – but the bill hasn’t been killed yet. The Senate will start voting on the bill on January 24.

If you want to get involved (and you should if you want a free and open internet) visit Google’s site and sign the SOPA petition telling Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. Want to learn more? Gizmodo has a great article about SOPA and how it would affect you.

A Free and Open Internet
PIPA and SOPA go beyond piracy, the bills are poorly written and would drastically affect almost everything on the web. For example, under the current terms of the bill, your website could be shut down without explanation, without due process, for no reason. From a technical perspective, the bills will also affect your safety on the net as well.

Web development has changed dramatically over the last few years and will continue to evolve. But politicians must have intelligent conversations and work with business owners and internet users instead of mandating laws. Hopefully today is the day that lawmakers start to listen.

UPDATE 1-20-12
The SOPA bill has been sent back to the drawing board to be redrafted. We’ll keep you posted for any changes or updates to the legislation as they become available. 


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What is the SOPA Bill?

The SOPA bill or Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish anyone, including search engines like Google that link to websites dedicated to online piracy. The bill is currently circulating around Capitol Hill and could mean a drastic change in how the internet works.

No one’s happy about the SOPA bill, including Google Chairman,Eric Schmidt.

Google chairman, Eric Schmidt said the bill would ”criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself.” Google has been leading a pack of tech companies including Microsoft and Apple, who also say the bill is fundamentally wrong.

Policing the Internet
“It’s not a good thing. I understand the goal of what SOPA and PIPA are trying to do,” the Chairman said of the Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act. “Their goal is reasonable, but the mechanism is terrible. They should not criminalize the intermediaries. They should go after the people that are violating the law.”

There’s another bill called the OPEN Act that is an alternative to those piracy bills, but the Google CEO said he didn’t know enough about it to comment on it. The OPEN Act would depend on the International Trade Commission (ITC) to handle online copyright claims. It would “follow the money” (an approach Google’s Schmidt has promoted in the past) – which would ideally force sites to end their relationships with sites that promote piracy.

SOPA also targets the Domain Name System, which experts warned will undermine the security of the World Wide Web. Schmidt also commented on that saying, “What they’re essentially doing is whacking away at the DNS system and that’s a mistake. It’s a bad way to go about solving the problem.” One major supporter of the SOPA bill? The Motion Picture and music industries.

Building – and Breaking the Internet
One thing’s is for sure, web development has gotten more advanced and so have online criminals. In the next few years expect the laws to become stronger and the penalties harsher for those that break them.


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