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
americancensorship.org

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)
Diaspora

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

  1. Gregory Eugene says:

    SOPA is nothing more than internet censorship

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