TECHNOLOGY: 10 Facts about SOPA and PIPA
Jan 18, 2012 | News Archive

Internet Piracy? SOPA? Wikipedia not working today? Find out how the passing of SOPA and PIPA can affect you! INTERNET BLACKOUT DAY!!

By: Marie Drakewood


Hey! Are You Keeping Up With the Act against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) INTERNET BLACKOUT DAY!!

Well here are some main facts that will make you more informed!


  • There are two bills, PIPA and SOPA. If these bills are passed, they will give U.S corporations and the government the right to seek affirmative legal action with any website. SOPA is nothing more so than the U.S government and private corporations' black list. For more information what the two bills mean check out this website


  • There are U.S.- based websites protesting against the two bills such as Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Google, Wired and Craiglist, just to named a few. If you go to any of these websites today they will be blocked. If SOPA or PIPA are passed, lots of information will be unheld based on government's judgement. And, you know what that can mean...



  • With censorship of the web and these legally enforced regulations can be financial detrimental to American businesses. SOPA and PIPA would be job killer!  A quote from the letter stated “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation”.. Read letter here :


  • There is a tweet from twitter from Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales)  that said “Students Warning! Do Homework Your Homework Early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa- 16 Jan 2012 More here:!/jimmy_wales


  • If you’re trying to get a good laugh out of this issue, visit this website “The Oatmeal." It features animation that breaks the issue down in a humorous way.


  • Legislation is aggressively backed by Hollywood movie studios and major record labels like FOX News and NBC- Universal. And, with SOPA, it affect the world of web videos, how social movements are dispersed, how conflict countries have access to the UN and how everyday people like us are able to look up and connect to people we may not have known via the internet.
CALL YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES! Voice your concerns on these pieces of legislations. How will you be affected if these bills are passed? Congress is set to vote on January 24, 2012.