How SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Can Cripple the Internet & U.S. Business Innovation

Stop CensorshipHave you heard about Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently under consideration in Congress? If passed, SOPA will require Web hosting companies like 1&1 and GoDaddy to police websites in order to prevent them from communicating copyrighted information on the internet.

GoDaddy initially supported SOPA, then backtracked and came out against it. But the damage was done. The company has lost more than 72,000 domain registrations through Dec. 25 and today, it may lose more thanks to an effort by a Reddit user proclaiming Dec. 29 “Dump GoDaddy Day.”

Hosting site looks to cash in on GoDaddy debacle

1&1 hosts my website, and sent me an email today touting their opposition to SOPA. They also “graciously” offered its services to anyone who was not satisfied with their hosting company. (A not so subtle dig at GoDaddy!) Here’s 1&1’s quote from the email I received:

“At 1&1 we support you, our customer, and an open internet. If you find that
you are supporting a company that encourages SOPA and wish to drop them as
a provider, please follow the simple instructions contained on the website
linked below.”

I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard about SOPA until this GoDaddy news came up. But now that I have, I am deeply troubled by it. I urge everyone to contact their legislators in Congress to stop this bill from becoming law in its present form. A website has been setup to help concerned citizens get the word out: http://fightforthefuture.org/

The following video explains how SOPA could wind up crippling the Internet, stifling U.S. innovation and even put companies like Facebook out of business.