Read this too: Why SOPA Is Dangerous (by Mashable).
So you’re probably wondering what that “Stop Censorship” ribbon on my blog is all about. It’s about raising awareness about two bills in the U.S. congress that has the whole internet world up in arms. They are the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). They ostensibly are designed to protect copyrights from illegal sites where copyright violations are an epidemic. The problem is, the way they are worded, the amount of power they give media companies or the government to take down “offending” sites is scary. Now to be honest, I have not read the actual bills. But, the kind of companies who HAVE read them and who vehemently oppose them are ones I trust. Organizations like WordPress.com, Wikipedia, Google, and many others are protesting today by having some form of black out. Some sites like the English version of Wikipedia are blacked out for 24 hours today. Others like Google (and mine) have visible representation of the protest.
Why should you care? Because the internet as you know it could be irrevocably changed. Wikipedia has a great detailed entry about the two bills. But this video below by Fight for the Future does a great job explaining it. Use any of the links on this post, or the “Stop Censorship” ribbon above, to access a site where you can contact your local Congressman or woman.
This TED video is THE video to watch to know and understand the problem with PIPA & SOPA.
This is the video by Fight for the Future