January 21, 2012

10 things you need to know about SOPA and PIPA

The furor over SOPA and PIPA has died down, but the bills have not gone away.
In fact, there’s more reason than ever to pay close attention to the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) and the Senate’s corresponding Protect Intellectual Property Act (S.968). These acts, while perhaps well-intentioned, are not well-written and could cause serious damage to the free flow of information on the Internet.

That’s why VentureBeat opposes SOPA and PIPA.
At the peak of yesterday’s SOPA protests and website blackouts, it might have been easy to draw the conclusion that the tide was moving against these flawed bills and that they are doomed. Not so: They have merely been delayed. That’s why it’s more important than ever to pay close attention to what Congress is doing.
VentureBeat has had much internal discussion about the proposed anti-piracy legislation. There is a lot of misinformation  — or perhaps misinterpretation — about what SOPA/PIPA is, how SOPA/PIPA will affect the internet, why SOPA/PIPA bad, etc. Understandably, it can get confusing.

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