A number of high-profile websites such as Google, Wikipedia and Reddit took action on Wednesday to protest web censorship bills. Two bills before congress known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), both backed by powerful media conglomerates, have caused outrage among internet users who fear the bills may bring about unwarranted censorship, impose harmful regulations, and are written in an attempt to obscure the truth.
The language in SOPA is so irrational that one can only assume that the authors and backers want nothing more than to fundamentally change the rules of the web: To shut down the open post fields, kill reposting (goodbye, Tumblr), end shared videos (sorry, YouTube), expand the definition of what it means to infringe (sorry, Twitter, no sharing links that aren’t yours) and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The American Senate will begin voting on January 24th.
Sign Google's petition here. Free the internet.