"Protect IP Act" (PIPA) and "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA)
These two bill are the recent introduction in America parliament and known to be highly lethal to the open access internet and contents thereof.
These bill were created in name of protection of online bussinesses referring to the protection of Intellectual property (IP) and online Piracy. Simply under these acts any company/online business will have the ability to challenge or sue any other internet source which may be have similar platforms, contents, products or user bases. This will kill the many open sources that are freely available to public. Worst affected may be the overseas contents. Once it is passed in america, then following that other countries are supposed to come by international treaty.
There is strong protest going on internet against these bills.
Much of the content that end-users share on the thousands of community websites is being re-shared from other sources, or links to copyrighted content that’s hosted elsewhere. SOPA/PIPA puts niche online communities in as much jeopardy as it does the mainstream networks like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. There are millions of online communities and hundreds of millions of end-users that enjoy them every day.
Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)
Opponents of PIPA and SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)
On call from Wikipaedia (the whole wikipaedia (big source of information) was blacked out for one day to support against the bill), craiglist and others, there has been huge response by public in USA and european countries.
I request to all readers of this article to participate/vote againt these bills.
If you want to know more details how these bills are lethal then check references at craiglist: http://www.craigslist.org/about/SOPA
Here are some ways you can take action right now: