Yesterday, Bill H.R. 3261, also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was discussed by Congress in open forum. You can also go to American Censorship to learn more. I OPPOSE this Bill for the following reasons:
H.R. 3261 violates:
* The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by censoring web traffic in lieu of a single Copyright claim (no matter the validity of said claim) -- including, but not limited to blogs and social networking sites (speech, press, religion, etc). * The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by forcibly blocking, filtering, and/or removing websites over just one Copyright Infringement claim (unreasonable seizure). * The Fifth Amendment to the U.S Constitution by restricting web traffic (vs. Liberty) and stammering innovation (vs. Property). * Habeas Corpus (alleged infringer/suspect will not be allowed to face his/her accusers in a Court of Law before websites are filtered/removed). * Freedom of Information Act (filters web traffic through the use of DNS blocking) * Fair Use (parody videos may be forcibly removed and the creator(s) of these works receive a $2,500 fine and 5-year prison sentence).
The biggest question remains: if this Bill passes (which it most likely WILL NOT), will American Censorship stop with the Internet or will this open the door for other First Amendment and Civil Liberties violations? You be the judge... and contact your Congressman ASAP!