Most who regularly visit this site know what SOPA & PIPA are. If you don’t, watch this:
It’s not just a US issue … if your blog, for instance, or mine, was accused of housing or linking to infringing content, you (or I) could lose all our US readership. Even though you may not blog, some of your favorite news sources might become suddenly unavailable, either because you can’t access them (if you’re in the US), or because without a US audience, they can’t support themselves anymore.
The potential for abuse is horrendous. Worse, the simple use of PIPA and SOPA as designed would be horrendous.
I don’t believe in piracy. I don’t believe in stealing. I don’t believe in taking what is not mine.
But I’m much more prepared to have a society in which a bit of that occurs, than to live in a police state. Or, since I’m a Canadian, next to a police state.
Of course, in some ways, perhaps I already do.