The Stop Online Piracy Act a.k.a SOPA has created much controversy in the internet world with groups supporting and opposing the bill. The controversy is well deserved considering how this could change our idea of online freedom forever. Introduced on October 26, 2011 by Lamar Smith who is a Representative of Texas, gives more power to the Government and copyright holders to stop the spreading of pirated content. SOPA has been called among other things the end of the internet as we know it, cancer, government stupidity at its best, an internet lovers nightmare come to reality and for good reason. A site or service that provides pirated content in any way or helps a user get pirated content could face legal action. Its not hard for users to post links to pirated content on some sites and if the staff didn"t want this happening they would need to view each post and accept/deny it. Even if this was done it would be extremely time consuming and would keep staff from more important things like updates to the site or service. It is also upsetting to think how much money this will cost to enforce the bill. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The short sightedness of this bill goes deeper and deeper in the dark and cramped tunnel that is absent of freedom and people are starting to get claustrophobic. Like scared animals some people will lash out while some will be smart enough to start using Tor's hidden service or one of the many other darknets.


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