SOPA and PIPA – are they a threat to you? [Video]

Skull and CrossbonesSOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) – 2 bills potentially being passed into law in the US – may strangle new business, curb “normal” web use and seriously impede freedom of speech. This 4 minute video found within Jane Wells’ excellent article Help Stop SOPA / PIPA provides some immediate implications.

Whilst we do not condone in any way anyone that looks to flaut copyright or IP laws we should be concerned when governments and large corporations start to tamper with the way our Internet works.

Source: Protect IP / SOPA breaks the Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

We often discuss the key characteristics of this current age of the internet – democratisation, openness, peering, sharing and a medium that is truly global – its what makes this area so exciting for every business and consumer alike.

Why do we want to change something that simply works?

I fear that this issue may be overlooked or understated internationally because it is happening in the US. Any change to the Internet has global implications.

These bills follow on closely from similar (big business) discussions around net neutrality and  tiered access to Internet services.

We should worry when bills like these are written.

As always your comments are most welcome.

Alan, Jim and Vincent

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