As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act) is the internet’s favorite bad guy. Everyone is really freaking out about this bill–it was designed to combat digital piracy, but people are worried that it’ll do everything from kill the internet to censor free speech.
The latest news is that some really popular sites (Wikipedia and even CHEEZBURGER NETWORK! Gasp. Although good riddance to reddit, the feyonce’s favorite distraction) are going dark on Wednesday to protest the bill. If everyone didn’t know about the bill before, they will now, which makes it a brilliant publicity tactic. Kids who never cared about what was going on in Congress suddenly are twisting their hands over their favorite sites going down, and those sites are quick to point a finger at SOPA.
I just don’t get what everyone is so worked up about. Yes, SOPA hasn’t quite gotten it right. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be the end of everything we know and love, unless those things we love voluntarily remove themselves. At the end of the day, piracy is still a problem for content-producing industries, and the laws haven’t caught up to the technology. Congress should try again, and the internet needs to calm down already.