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Poll: What Do You Think of PIPA and SOPA?

Many popular sites are going black out of protest today. What's your opinion on the legislation?

 

Many popular websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, are going black Wednesday to protest the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA). 

Both SOPA and PIPA are meant to attack the problem of foreign websites that sell pirated or counterfeit goods, according to The Washington Post. More than 7,000 sites are participating, reports The Huffington Post. To see a list of some of the big sites participating in the blackout, click here.

Patch and AOL are not participating in the blackout, along with sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google, although the search engine has blacked out its logo in solidarity with the protests.

"As written, we cannot support the bills," said Tekedra N. Mawakana, AOL's senior vice president of public policy, in a statement. "We believe an open Internet is critical for innovation, job creation, and the sustained growth of Internet businesses. We are in the process of working directly with lawmakers
to improve the bills."

Ed Renehan January 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Amazed to find Sheldon a co-sponsor of this lousy legislation. Very bad move.
Ron Maine January 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This type of legislation should not be written by Senators and Representatives who are not sufficiently competent to understand what is required. Legislation regarding the INTERNET should be prepared by technical specialists and then submitted for peer review prior to being brought before congress.
Meesh January 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Please let us educated people prevail when it comes down to passing these bills.
MoonBeamWatcher January 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
TRUST me . . . for GOVERNmentum to operate this has to be the GREATEST joke since YOU kicked the slats out of your crib! Even used car salesmen (persons) are held in higher regard (trust) then our elected LeaKers! With the likes of Eric Holder in the mix TODAY, bringing litigation and "DETAINING" whistle-blowers for this kind of legislation to be enacted is the KISS of Death for Freedom, Democracy and the American way! Think even China is cheering with US Dollars for this to come to pass!
MoonBeamWatcher January 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Gail Eastwood-Stokes, Amen! You nailed it, and "Ron Maine" came close! With todays print and electronic "MEDIA" interested in $ and doing NOTHING about (costly) investigative reporting all the "Kings (horses) and all the Kings men" have to be THRILLED over the REMOTE possibility of this passing!

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