The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP (PIPA) bills have been introduced in the Senate and the House and each is moving through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor websites in the name of protecting “creativity”.
Though these bills has had broad support from Hollywood movie studios, the music industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, many Silicon Valley firms say it effectively amounts to censorship. The law would let the U.S. government or corporations censor entire sites – they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
One large industry lobbying group, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), is fighting back and calling the blackout an ‘Abuse of Power’ by internet portals. See report