I’m sure that all of us have heard of the SOPA act in the past few weeks, whether online, through the news, or from an angry internet going buddy. SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy act, and it is circulating through Congress right now. The act is supposed to stop the sharing or illegal downloading of music, movies, and other internet software. After a year of major leaks, wouldn’t it make sense? Maybe to some, including the Country Music Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But to many others, the act is an intrusion on the rights of internet goers everywhere. Some major internet corporations are openly against it, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, because the act would make them block out sites that allow file sharing. But some websites are taking it to the next level. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, announced that his site, as well as many other sites, are going black on Wednesday the 18th of January. This movement is in protest of the SOPA acts. “If you want an Internet where human rights, free speech and the rule of law are not subordinated to the entertainment industry’s profits, I hope you’ll join us,” said Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing
HOWEVER. In the opinion of this young blogger, that is not the only thing getting people going. People complain that it is taking away democracy. But, if there is no vote at all, isn’t that the same censoring some websites? I mean all they want to do is take away the ability for people to STEAL from companies through piracy. So why not let the vote happen? Isn’t that what democracy is here for, for everyone to have the right to speak out? Let that sink in.