Protect IP Act Could Mean The End Of The Internet As We Know It

Here’s an important piece of news that could especially affect the creative community, entrepreneurs, innovators and fans. PROTECT-IP [short for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011] is a bill currently under review in the U.S. Congress that if passed will GREATLY change the internet as we know it today.

If you’re unsure of what’s going on, watch this video from Fight For The Future.

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.” The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner.

Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill. According to the CBO, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

For even more info on this important chain of events, read PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America.

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