Friday, January 20, 2012

Sites Protest Against Sopa

Many of your favorite sites, like Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube, were protesting. Wikipedia even went as far as shutting down for a day. Regular Joes protested in the streets, while the sites protested by posting signs of protest on their sites all over the world. Which one do you think was more effective?

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a U.S House bill designed to stop online copyright abuse. Copyright abuse is when any type of media is used without permission. There are two sides to this story. One side — the side that dislikes the bill (Wikipedia, Google, and YouTube) — think the bill is to extreme and think it will prevent the public from sharing ideas and innovating. The other side, including companies like Disney and Magazine publishers like the bill because it protects their creative work.

The following Khan Academy video explains more about SOPA:

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