SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)
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Der Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), auch bekannt unter dem Kürzel H.R. 3261 , ist ein Gesetzentwurf , der am 26. Oktober 2011 im US-amerikanischen Repräsentantenhaus vom Abgeordneten Lamar S. Smith ( Republikanische Partei Texas ) und einer Gruppe von zwölf Unterstützern eingebracht wurde.
If 2012 is really the end of the world, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) could be the first sign.
For those keeping up with tech news, the internet is gearing up for a fight. Beginning with Reddit.com, serveral sites have pledged to go dark on January 18 in protest of SOPA and PIPA, the internet blacklist legislation currently making there way through Congress. @thoughtpuzzle has created a Google Custom Search that removes all search results from sites going dark on Wednesday:
Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here ). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States —the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate— that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia. This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress , but it is definitely not dead. The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping.