Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Censorship Day

In case you haven't been on the internet all day and missed it, today is American Censorship Day, because today the US House Judiciary Committee has a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act.  Check out this website for some interesting details about how this act could negatively affect the internet at large. This article on Wired.com has a good summary of today's proceedings. To summarize the potential negative aspects of the act, if implemented:
"It would, in effect, allow companies to bypass the judicial system and take down or block websites simply by accusing a user of posting just potentially infringing content on a website. That could be as little as posting on a forum and talking about product, posting a picture of you with a logo in it, or posting a video with music in the background..."
As an internet content creator, a very small and insignificant one, I think these are valid concerns and I throw my support with the American Censorship Day organization.