SOPA 101: What Is It? Those For and Against Censorship

Someone on Diaspora asked me, “Who is in support of SOPA? Who benefits if it passes?”. Read on…

How Would SOPA Work?:

How Would SOPA Work?

Those for Censorship:

Which tech companies back SOPA? Microsoft, Apple, and 27 others.
“The following list is every single member of the Business Software Alliance. Each of them is complicit in supporting SOPA unless they publicly distance themselves from the BSA on the issue. As the companies are, presumably, dues paying members of the BSA, they are financially supporting the enaction of SOPA. Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Cadence Design Systems, CNC Software – Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes, SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, Progress Software, PTC, Quark, Quest, Rosetta Stone, Siemens PLM Software, Inc., Sybase, Symantec, TechSmith, The MathWorks

Those Against Censorship:

Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT
“Congress may not want to hear from opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act at today’s hearing, but that hasn’t stopped a broad coalition of (often fierce) competitors representing the Internet’s giants from placing an ad in today’s NYT, signed by Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Zynga, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL.”
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT

Other supporters against SOPA include: Wikimedia Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch.

It may appear at first glance this is an American issue, but the consequences of this law, if passed, shall affect everyone worldwide. America already effectively ‘controls’ the internet via the California based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its Domain Name System (DNS). If this law were to pass you might as well wave hello to Nineteen Eighty-Four.

“History is written by the winners – don’t be a footnote.”
Gary Walsh

Source Links:
How would SOPA work?
SOPA (wikipedia entry)
Which tech companies back SOPA? Microsoft, Apple, and 27 others.
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT

Reporters Without Borders
Electronic Frontier Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
Human Rights Watch
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Domain Name System (DNS)


Visit Woods Online Woodland Locator

Visit Woods
If you’re a photographer, nature lover, rambler (or dogger) and live in the UK, I found a very useful site called Visit Woods, run by the Woodland Trust.

It’s one of those, ‘Enter postcode and we’ll find X nearby’ deals. It’s a great idea. I found wooded areas only a few miles away from me that I hadn’t realised existed. Found just in time for photographing those rich autumnal colours.

Visit Woods
Woodland Trust

WikiLeaks. Your future. Invest in it.

WikiLeaks. Your future. Invest in it.

The extent of force by which non-political commercial enterprise is prepared to go in their attempts to silence WikiLeaks should be all one needs to witness just how widespread and deep the political corruption goes.

By choosing this line of action our political leaders are openly creating connections that expose themselves and foolishly implicate their own guilt.
– Gary Walsh

From WikiLeaks:
“WikiLeaks is under attack by the big financial services companies, but there are still ways you can beat them.”

“As a result of exposing U.S. embassies from around the world, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America, have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks. The attack has blocked over 95% of our donations, costing tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. The attack is entirely political. In fact, in the only formal review to occur, the US Treasury found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to financial blockade.

Your donations are vital to pay for our fight against this and other kinds of censorship, for Wikileaks’ projects, staff, servers and protective infrastructure. We are entirely supported by the general public.”

“We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival. For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly. We need your support to fight back. Please donate now.

Legal: $1,200,000,
Campaigns: $300,000,
Technical Information: $500,000,
Security: $300,000,
Publications Research: $500,000,
Salaries/Staff Expenses: $500,000,
Productions: $400,000

The only thing we suppress is corruption. Are you OK with that?
WikiLeaks: Your future. Invest in it.

Donate to WikiLeaks
Widespread corruption to block WikiLeaks