Yesterday, thousands of websites including Wikipedia, Reddit and Google protested a pair of anti-piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA. The protests came in the form of blacking out either all or some of their sites with messages warning of the dangers of the legislation and urging people to contact their congressional representatives.
PIPA stands for Protect IP Act, while SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bills aim to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content:
Both proponents and opponents of the bills agree that protecting content is important. But opponents say that the way the bills are written promotes censorship and potentially invites unintended consequences.
Supporters of the bills include media companies like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Former CT State Senator Chris Dodd, now the Chairman and CEO of the MPAA called yesterday's blackout "irresponsible."
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