January 18, 2012


So there's this whole kerfluffle happening in regards to two bills in congress, S.O.P.A & P.I.P.A. These bills are intended to stop online piracy by overseas offenders. But there are many who say that while yes, the bill does achieve that goal, it also opens the door to extreme censorship, shifts the burden of proof onto those accused, and ultimately assumes guilt rather than innocence. I'll not try and give a thorough run down of the bills and their potential repercussions. But I will post a bunch of links for further reading by those interested.

Popular Mechanics
Stanford Law Review
CBS News
Bad Astronomy

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261: (The actual SOPA bill)

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.968: (The actual PIPA bill)

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