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Published:January 15th, 2012 12:20 EST

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Greatest Threat To Freedom Of Speech

By Robert Paul Reyes

"In the growing battle for the future of the Web, some of the biggest sites online -- Google, Facebook, and other tech stalwarts -- are considering a coordinated blackout of their sites, some of the web`s most popular destinations.


The action would be a dramatic response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill backed by the motion picture and recording industries that is intended to eliminate theft online once and for all. HR 3261 would require ISPs to block access to sites that infringe on copyrights -- but how exactly it does that has many up in arms. The creators of some of the web`s biggest sites argue it could instead dramatically restrict law-abiding U.S. companies -- and reshape the web as we know it."


The Internet is synonymous with Free Speech, you don`t have to be wealthy or famous to set up your soapbox and pontificate on any subject under the sun.

The Net is one of the greatest inventions in history, it has democratized the process of disseminating information. It has allowed humble writers for Web sites like the Student Operated Press to reach an international audience.

The Internet may be a great treasure, but we take it for granted. We log on to the computers, confident that our favorite Web sites will always be there.

But the powers that be, aren`t very happy with the democratization of the news, they never stop seeking to curtail the power of the average person to express his opinion online.

They are using the excuse of protecting copyrights to censor the Web. The Stop Online Piracy Act is the greatest threat to freedom of speech that our democracy faces. For an in-depth analysis of this nefarious bill please read the Wikipedia article on this subject:

Stop this attack on freedom of speech. Write letters to your political representatives! Tweet your disgust at this proposed legislation! Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper! Get involved!

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