well now SOPA and its senate version have had their time in the limelight and most people know what they are, i would like to hear your opinions on them, do you support the bill(s) or not.
(smart people only was implied because i want a civil discussion that has people actually able to articulate themselves better than a, lets say rock like in ,lets say again the SW thread)
i for one do not support the bills because our government has just drawn them up, with no research, they themselves more than likely having no clue what this could do the internet, and the fact that this is only getting this much support because of backing by big corporations to get more money and power. the things that annoys me the most about this set of bills is a draconian infringement to the first amendment and our free speech rights. now i know some of you will say "but your stealing and that negates that right" or something along those lines, but heres the problem, never before has our government had the prospect of so much control over the people its actually scary, think china. not just that but the fact that once you cross that gray line of censorship that infringes on our rights whos to say where we will stop ? we live in a technological age and a control over the internet would be a VERY POWERFUL asset to a government that even with the best of intentions can become such a horrible thing. on the othe rhand i do beleive we need to establish laws reguarding internet piracy and cpoyright infinement but only with meticulous years of research and careful implementation of such a law, with clear rules and regulations that can be well within reasonable which this is not, i would say something of a prime directive if you will (sorry for the ST reference) because this subject(censorship and anti piracy) is very touchy and ever changing not to mention eve rgrowing(as well as the internet) not to mention the fact that this decision will not only affect us but the whole world.thats the only way i feel that this would have a chance of working, and at this point SOPA and PIPA dont fit the bill ! (sorry for the pun)