Hey guys, it's been a long time since I've been around to say anything - mostly just peaking around.
Anyways, I'm making this thread because of something you guys have probably heard about, but if not this is something you should definitely be aware of. It's some legislation that's going through the Congress right now dubbed SOPA, or "Stop Online Piracy Act"
For those of you who don't know, this bill essentially enables the government of the United States to effectively have the ability to block or shut down any websites that host a song or video they down own the rights to. Moreover, any website that enables or facilitate copyright infringement. What's worse is that they don't have to worry about the court system to do this, they can just flip a switch basically.
It doesn't take long to realize that this legislation essentially effects every website out there in some way.
Look it up yourself if you don't believe me. If it helps, Google, Facebook, Reddit, eBay, Wikimedia, and the EFF are all opponents of this bill. Take a wild guess who are the largest supporters of it. If you guessed MPAA or RIAA or Viacom, pat yourself on the back. Do you really think Piracy saps 135$ Billion a year from the entertainment industry? That it costs millions of jobs?
All I'm really trying to ask is - please, be aware of this legislation. It's very close to actually being passed, including it's sister bill the "Protect IP" bill in the Senate. Please spread this through your community, people you care about - take the time to write your representatives, and urge those around you to do the same.
I don't want my rights violated like this, and I don't think any of you do too.