The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a new bill thats been hotly debated on the internet the past few weeks. It was supposed to come to a vote earlier this week, but got pushed back until early next year.
On the surface it might sound good (who wouldn't want to stop piracy besides pirates?), but the wording of the bill is extremely generalized and there's much fear that it could "kill the web".
Basically the wording is such that if a site links to copyrighted material (for instance a forum member has a copyrighted picture of a cartoon as their avatar...) the entire site could be cutoff from receiving money, taken down, or the owner end up in court.
While those in favor of the bill argue that will never happen as it's designed to target foreign sites, the bill is written as such that it COULD. Thats a HUGE problem in my mind.
Here's a bit of a negative article on ithttp://www.techdirt.com/articles/201111 ... deas.shtml
Feel free to post positive article too, I'm interested in hearing both sides because I just don't know enough. But it sounds bad to me.