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Internet Blackout is getting highly famous several important websites like Wikipedia and Reddit were dark on Wednesday. This was a part of the protest that is going on against the anti-piracy bills that is proposed in US. SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act is the one. The online world is quite against this and why?
The websites that usually host the pirated files will be far from US but still the Justice Department can ask the internet providers to block these websites. Even Google and other search engines can be asked to block these websites from the search results.
The credit card companies and other payment gateways such as Paypal will also be asked to block the payment and also prohibit placing ads on these sites. Those that support the SOPA are copyright holders and also bodies like MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
The SOPA proposes about five years of imprisonment for those who are found to host piracy content or counterfeiting goods. The law also states that domain will be blocked. This is too silly downright, as if one blog on Wordpress or Blogspot is found to host copyrighted content, the entire list of blogs will be blocked and made illegal by US government.
If suppose an user posts any copyrighted content on his/her Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts then it will be blocked. The websites like Wikipedia who are protesting against this proposed legislation claims that the free and the open nature of the internet will be endangered because of this act.
If the SOPA comes into existence, then the internet service providers will have to have an operator to monitor the traffic that is created by every single user. This is an issue of privacy and more severely a door for the hackers to access the sensitive data.
The US government moreover gains the right to black any website and brand them as illegal. This will certainly hurt the entrepreneurial online ventures, the jobs and lots of your favorite websites. Also there will be a constant monitoring of the censorship around the internet forever.