Major Websites Will Go On Blackout To Fight Against SOPA
Web BlackOut Strike To Fight Against SOPA! This news is the latest craze and a big worry of not only major players in the world of website but also minor website owners like me – especially tech-niche websites. If you’re not familiar with the term SOPA or what is it all about, it stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. It does look like that this Act’s intent is good, however, it might cause damage as well. How dangerous is this, really? If the bill passes on the 24th of January (unless 41 Senators would voice out and opposes the bill), a certain company or individual can lose their website/s from being viewed by Americans just because somebody reported an infringing link from it – revenue loss. Simple as that.
This bill, SOPA and the other one PIPA or Protect-IP Act can endanger the right of an individual or company to promote or share information on their website once the latter is classified violating SOPA. There can also be a chain effect when someone loses revenue and traffic onto his website. The owner will now have to abandon the website and might lose some money to pay the web hosting company and the same problem goes to as well with the web hosting company. The viewers will not be able to view their trusted and favorite website anymore because the Department of Justice of America already passed judgement on that website and blocked it from being viewed. There are a lot of other reasons why there are so many Americans (website owners and not alike) are against with this bill.
Even major and big websites already submitted their signature letter to Congress opposing SOPA and here’s the excerpt from their letter:
Now, there’s a new website asking and encouraging all of those website owners to go on web strike this coming 18th of January 2012 – sopastrike.com. I’ve seen major websites there joining to fight SOPA like Google, Reddit, Facebook, Mozilla, TUMBLR, AOL, and many more.
Now if you care about your website and find this act noble, you can join us here.
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