The Web goes Black against SOPA

Today a number of websites are going black or blacking out their sites in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act). These bills, in theory aim to stop downloading of music, movies, and other rich media and would require your favorite social sites like Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia to police what their users share. Considering that social media sites reach about 75% of the world’s internet users and thrive on sharing, they instantly become targets for infringement suits. For the every day user, it could fundamentally change the way you access information on the net.

Take a look through the SOPA and PIPA bills, and if you decide to join the cause you can learn more at BlackoutSOPA.org – let us know what you think about them in the comments.

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