If you haven’t noticed, our titles are blanked out to bring awareness to this very serious issue. If the bill was passed today, this is what we would be doing. You’ve heard everyone else’s reason. Here’s ours:
We’ve followed the bill, seen the infographics, watched the YouTube videos and all that. But more importantly, we actually read the bill for ourselves and it does not take a lawyer to really understand what the bill means. We’re not trying to follow the status quo nor are we that lazy to actually follow our favorite sites that are doing the same thing. We’ve talked about it in podcasts, broke it down and now made our stance.
For 24 hours, Lazytechguys.com is censoring the headlines to raise awareness of two bills in congress: H.R.3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act” and S.968 “PROTECT IP”, which could change the landscape of the Internet and potentially kill small businesses like LTG. These bills provide a cloudy way to enforce copyright material which would restrict innovation and threaten the existence of websites. We exclusively use YouTube for our video deployment and receive some of our revenue in that regard. As you know, Google goes out of its way to protect copyright but because the content on YouTube is user generated, it’s way too easy get into copyright trouble with content holders and based on the current language of the bill, this can allow the attorney general to shutdown YouTube on a whim. We get a significant percentage of traffic coming from the biggest social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious and Digg. We also run a tumblr site which delivers a good percentage of our traffic. All of those sites could be potentially censored simply because of the user-generated nature of those sites.
Giving censorship protocols to the government is a very scary thing. SOPA should be opposed simply based on that language alone.
Mashable has the best breakdown of the bill itself and breaks down the definitions. Yes, we’re a bit lazy for doing that but hey – we did read the whole bill a few times and went to the most glaring parts.
If you want read the bill for yourself, you can check out its current version here.