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SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) are just the latest two examples that the United States government are either a)totally ignorant to how the Internet works or b)they truly are in the back pocket of the media conglomerates.
Have you ever used an image you found on Google without asking permission? You would be in violation of SOPA & PIPA and could have your site shut down. Your hosting provider could be shut down. Any site that links to you could be shut down. And all of this could happen because a company, with little proof, filing a complaint against you.
If all this sounds serious, you would be correct, and that is why a large portion of the Internet is going dark today. We can not, and will not, stand for the U.S. government crippling the Internet and causing those of us who have spent years building this fantastical resource to be gagged due to the concerns of someone being worried that someone MIGHT pirate a copy of Fast Five.
Yes, piracy is wrong. Yes, it should be stopped. But doing so with over reaching laws that will hand the keys to the Internet over to the likes of the RIAA and MPAA is not the solution.
SeanPAune.com will be joining the blackout today.