Originally Posted by Ducks and Banny hens
Originally Posted by OldGuy43
Perhaps I should re-phrase that: This company (SOPA or PIPA) seems to have started with good intentions, but it's conditions (what they'll do if they get power) are going to destroy the internet as we know it.
SOPA and PIPA are not companies, they are bills. SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA = PROTECT IP = Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act. Yes, they were started with good intentions: prevent online piracy/illegal downloading/stealing copyrighted work. But you're right. The conditions as phrased in the bills would give the government power to shut down any website they chose if it contained stolen copyrighted work. For example, if I were to take a photo off of FeatherSite and post it here (as I do a lot for the breed guessing game and breed ID), if the government decided I was stealing the photo, they could shut BYC down.