The SOPA and PIPA Bills Are Dangerous Please Help

SOPA and PIPA Are Dan­ger­ous Bills That We All Need To Be Con­cerned About.

The SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act), H.R. 3621 (SOPA), S. 968 (PIPA), are bills cur­rently in the US Con­gress and Sen­ate that would allow the US Gov­ern­ment to add sites to a black­list. This may be con­sid­ered a good idea on face value but on exam­i­na­tion it could hurt many other sites online and busi­ness sites that make their liv­ing online.

Go to and let them know that you are against H.R. 3621 (SOPA), and S. 968 (PIPA).

A site could be pun­ished for a link placed on it by a hacker or in a com­ment. This hap­pens daily. Com­ments are placed with a valid link to a rep­utable site (or what seems to be a rep­utable site) and then after a few days or weeks the DNS servers are changed by the site owner to go to another dif­fer­ent site, like an online pre­scrip­tion drug site. The most famous site that does this is the Cana­dian Neigh­bor Phar­macy site.

The web­site that this hap­pens to is the vic­tim not the per­pe­tra­tor and should not be penal­ized or pun­ished for these under­handed tech­niques being used by these crim­i­nals. With this bill being passed these vic­tim sites would be pun­ished for hav­ing a link to an ille­gal site. This is not right.

This is only one exam­ple. There are thou­sands of other sit­u­a­tions that hack­ers and devi­ous peo­ple use to get links to their ille­gal sites.

It is the same thing as with a large forum, there is only so much that the mod­er­a­tor and owner can do to pro­tect their site from hav­ing links to Warez sites, ille­gal con­tent sites, copy­righted mate­r­ial, and links being changed after a few weeks.

Hon­est web­mas­ters and cit­i­zens do not like Warez sites, pla­gia­rism, and ille­gal activ­i­ties online.

These types of prob­lems occur in every coun­try and as long as there are thieves and crim­i­nals online then there will con­tinue to be prob­lems. I can guar­an­tee that these bills will not stop piracy. These Inter­net pirates know how to make quick changes to their activ­i­ties and still ply their trades. But I can guar­an­tee that many inno­cent site own­ers will suffer.

While the idea behind the SOPA bill is based upon valid prin­ci­ples there hasn’t been enough inves­ti­ga­tion into the far reach­ing con­se­quences and the harm that can hap­pen to peo­ple who make their hon­est liveli­hoods online.

Wikipedia and the War­rior Forum are both acknowl­edg­ing this by tak­ing down their nor­mal pages and ask­ing site vis­i­tors to con­tact their sen­a­tors and mem­bers of Con­gress in protest of these two bills.

We on Raief would like to encour­age every­one to do the same. Here is the link again to write an email or call your rep­re­sen­ta­tives and voice your con­cerns and opin­ions. Every voice gets heard.


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