Don't know what SOPA and PIPA are? These are acts that are about to go through in the US to (very simply) allow anyone, particularly corporations, to sensor the internet. That means any website, anywhere in the world can get shut down at a moments notice. Why, for infringing copyright. Now you might think this is a good thing but the problem is that these laws are so vague that the term 'copyright infringement' can be almost anything.
To give you an idea of what this mean, if you copy any piece of text, an image, take a screenshot, use a logo, anything from another site, business, company or person, then they have the right to completely close down your website indefinitely.
Now the internet has grown to be a caring and sharing place and this sort of censorship just doesn't fit with how the web works. Sure stealing other people's stuff is bad and I know there are people out there who steal music, films, etc but the majority of the web is about sharing and people are ok with that. Sharing has created major industries of creativity. Take a look at YouTube for example. If these laws go through then kiss goodbye to YouTube and other sites like this.
These bills were created by the narrow minded corporation chiefs who are struggling to hold onto their corporate worlds which are crumbling town rapidly. If these bills go through, there will be no more freedom on the internet and we will turn back the clocks to a world that lives in fear and control. I urge you now to make yourself aware of this and if you haven't signed a petition yet, please do so. Just look up SOPA and PIPA on Google and you'll find what you need.
To everyone in the UK, Australia and anywhere in the world that's not the USA, if you think that because this is happening in the USA it won't affect you. Well, I'm sorry but it will affect everyone! Most of the internet is controlled by US companies and organisations. So it all has a knock on effect.
I know I'm ranting but whenever the so called 'intelligent ruling elite' do something as blatantly stupid as this, I just have to say my piece.