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  • American’s Opposition to SOPA and PIPA.

    Posted on January 20th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    On January 18th, 2012, the controversial bills entitled Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) caused a wave of opposition from popular media websites. Websites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, and Google chose to blackout their sites in order to inform the American people about these two bills. Many Americans were unaware of what these bills contained before the popular online websites helped spread the word. Both bills had the intention of stopping online piracy. Many Americans were outraged. Americans felt as if the their government was attempting to censor information similar to communist China. Suddenly #SOPA and #PIPA were trending on yahoo, google, and twitter all over the world. With the trending came a public outcry. Google launched an online program in order to show the public opposition to the bill. This online program allowed individuals to sign a petition against both SOPA and PIPA (https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/). The online program is still available and I encourage all who are outraged to take action and sign the petition as well.