Thursday, November 17, 2011

End of an era?

I don't know if many of you saw this today but congress is debating on a bill that may change the way the internet operates. In an attempt to stop piracy online congress has come up with SOPA a bill that toughens the penalties for intellectual property theft. It has bipartisan support in congress but it also tons of opposition. Some of the people opposing it are internet giants Yahoo,eBay,Facebook,Reddit and the parent company of this site,Google. Executive Chairman of Google,Erick Schmidt said that the bill addresses the problem of piracy but gives governments and certain corporations the power to shut down websites at will. Also the people at the Huffington post aren't exactly big fans of this either because of how broad the definition of "piracy" is in this bill which could conceivably make this post on the other site I write for a crime. If you want to read the entire bill yourself and come to your own conclusions click on the photo of one of my local congressmen, John Conyers below.