Everyone’s hearing that SOPA’s probably not going to pass, and that’s great. But there’s more than SOPA, there’s PIPA too, and it’s just as bad.
“But bills often come in pairs, and SOPA’s twin in the U.S. Senate is the Protect IP Act, or PIPA. Both bills threaten to rip apart the fabric of the Internet, compromise the planet’s digital security and open the doors for China-class censorship. While the SOPA brand is damaged, PIPA has yet to attract similar levels of negative attention. It’s scheduled for a Senate floor vote on Jan. 24 and could easily sneak through under the radar. The most important thing for Internet activists to do, right now, is spread the word that PIPA is the new target.
Copyright holders want to give themselves and the U.S. Department of Justice the power to block websites accused of infringement. They want to force Internet service providers to create a wall between their customers and these websites. They want to force banks and payment services like PayPal to cut off these websites’ money. They want the websites removed from search results and to ban people from linking to them. And all of that, without any kind of formal hearing.”
IMPORTANT. SPREAD THE WORD (like last fucking time this shit happened)
I wasn’t aware SOPA failed, but reblogging this nonetheless.
SOPA has been in committee since October. It may or may not have died there, but we won’t know until the results of the committee are published. PIPA, however, has always been the Senate version of this bill. It’s not a replacement, it’s the Senate counterpart.
Regardless of whether SOPA failed or not, it’s probably best to keep an eye on both bills, and protest them as if they are both still alive and well (and it is likely that both are).