2 proposed US laws have the ability of crippling the internet and slowing down startup business growth. They are the Stop Online Privacy Act and Protect IP Act. Despite their names sounding like a good thing, what and how they go about protecting big media companies (record labels, movie studios) is not.
Big companies (Google, Amazon, FaceBook) were rumored to co-ordinate a day where they would completely shut down their service in protest. If you live outside the US you may think, does this affect me? It certainly does. Check out the video below to find out how.
So, how does this affect you? Either a website that you use for business purposes regularly could be shut down all of a sudden, or your website could be shut down if there is a comment that contains a link that one of the big media companies doesn’t like. It’s THAT EASY.
To find out how you can help, visit http://americancensorship.org/