While we still have the ability to search the Internet, we went online today to learn how SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, would affect small businesses and start-ups.
If you don’t know what SOPA is, don’t look it up on Wikipedia, at least not today.
The site has staged a protest by going dark. Google, Reddit, Craigslist and others have joined the protest to shed light on the potential problems businesses could be up against if it, or its sister bill in the Senate, Protect IP Act, should be approved by Congress.
Quick Recap:While the original intent of the bills was to crack down on foreign websites that publish or stream copyrighted materials from the U.S.—think movies, music and written content —the wording of the bills is so broad, say critics, that all types of websites, both foreign and domestic, would be fair game. Hollywood might get its way, but commerce, especially the start-up kind, could come to a screeching halt.