Make no mistake about it, the Stop Online Piracy Act is nothing more than pure, unfettered greed. The media companies have decided that they will take down the internet if it means getting your butts back in the theatres, back in the video rental store, back in the CD emporium, back in the 20th century. Even though they're currently making huge profits on all media fronts.
The bill is so badly written that we could easily lose all of the social media sites we currently enjoy. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Wikipedia, Youtube... all gone if just one copyright holder files a complaint. Mere links to copyrighted material could get your web site, or the site you posted the link on, hurled into an inky void. Even mighty Google would have to tread carefully.
More than that, it's also about censorship. Youtube alone is in the gun-sights of those who dislike the idea of freely shared information. The six men who control all of the broadcast media feel that American's are much better off swallowing whole the limited pallette of news they dole out in print, on the hour, and on the half-hour. Lifting the veil of police brutality and seeing it shared around the world has proven to be terribly annoying to the privileged class.
The authors of this bill (and PIPA, it's Senate counterpart) are the same sad type of "visionaries" who declared that cassette tapes would kill the music industry, that video recorders would destroy Hollywood, that selling your copy of Windows 98 would drive Microsoft to its virus-infected knees.
Now is the moment that you must let your representatives hear your voice. Click here to contact your congressman, or here to contact your senator, and let them know that Hollywood mogul's will somehow manage to afford their mansions, their mistresses, and their transexual pool-boys without firebombing one of the greatest physical manifestations of man's creativity in the history of mankind.