Friday, January 20

The End of Internet is Near.


What's SOPA? Is it soup? A new brand of soap? or perhaps a cheap show soap opera on the television.

Pssshh. Naw. That ain't even close. This thing we have here is a problem that's recently facing the world. The Internet world A.K.A the Intarwebs. If you're an internet geek like me, you'd in the least have heard about it.

Last night(18/1), I happened to be doing some studies, researches and whatnot, when I accidentally stumbled on Wikipedia's temporary notice. If you had tried it too, you'd know that the site (english part) went down for a day.

wikipedia's awareness campaign.

Regardless, I'll just give a brief summary on it.

SOPA actually stands for Stop Online Pirating Act.
Also goes by the name PIPA, whatever.
Well, according to the news, some guy- not just some guy. An American House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative - Lamar S. Smith from the United States House of Representatives & some other people, announced this act late November last year.

"SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress...
that would grant content creators extraordinary power over the internet..."

It is an act of waging war against piracy pertaining to anything that is copied, or pirated. including written materials, intellectual property, counterfeit goods and in particular, music, videos and images. The whole internet's been raging about it. Even top industries, sports, music, seems like a big deal.

Some companies/websites on the anti-SOPA movements are Mozilla, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Paypal, Google, Facebook,..several game companies.. more etc2. Even teachers and educators are opposed to this act.

But not all company are against it. Some company giants to list a few, are in support of this act, such as Apple, Intel, Dell, Microsoft etc. Wow... that's definitely gonna leave a dent.

So what? Why should I care?
Well, for starters, those of you reading this, most of you are are internet users, maybe casual or heavy users. who had probably used it for studies-researches, social networking, downloads, or to just have fun reading comics (or mangas) and whatnot. And probably frequent these websites: google, wikipedia, facebook Youtube or other well-known websites.

Not exactly sure how it'll affect other countries outside the U.S, but know this, most of the top website and companies are located and centered in U.S; therefore will be subject to the act, so the law of U.S affecting those sites will affect their service, and in the end, though the changes may not be noticeable right away, the worldwide users who are frequently visit those sites would also feel some of the damages caused.

Imagine this, let's say you're on Facebook. You decided to share a great new song you just heard. Or a picture of a town, or a news article, or an inspirational quote, or a motivational video, whatever. But if those stuffs are copyrighted, you can't post it. Because any images, any citations from a copyrighted material... videos, songs or ANYTHING that's copyrighted, could be object to these laws. It'll be considered piracy to do these normal things. Goodbye freedom, goodbye internet.

In short, everyone who have access to the internet will be affected.
Your usual peaceful-happy day life, Heck, if a monkey had a Facebook account it'd be affected by it too. While its intention to protect the rights of the owners, It may be just too irrational.

A question in the rise, would this really effectively stop actual piracy?

Actual pirate websites for illegal distributions and downloads of copyrighted stuff, that was blocked and shutdown, could just be back on- under a different name. And their piracy activities go on as usual. Then what?


It would ultimately alter the life we have today.
Wonder how the rest of the years going to be?
The voting's for the bill's on 24th January. Lets hope SOPA won't get it's way.
That would suck BIGTIME. Wheew.

Those sites including Wikipedia are back on as usual. The news should be all over the internet by now.
If you want more info, just google it, to find out that SOPA is actually an act of Zalim.
Well, considering it is taking people's rights, is that really a wrong description for it?

Will this blog be taken down too, considering it also took some information from other sites?

That's all for today.



-Megaupload,, an online web-sharing website has been shut down.
-The Stop Online Piracy Act bill has been pulled (for now). Click here to read the news.

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