Even as Wikipedia and Google join the protest against the SOPA internet censorship protest, many big websites still refuse to risk revenue and inconvenience visitors to join a protest against a flawed internet censorhip bill that could severely affect their operations.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales had this to say about online piracy, “I’m a big believer that we should be dealing with issues of piracy and we should deal with them is a serious way, but this bill is not the right bill.”
“In the U.S. we have a perfectly reasonable and workable regime for dealing with copyright violations. So, for example, if the group AQUA wants to have their song removed from YouTube, all they have to do is notify YouTube and YouTube has the responsibility to take it down.”
Facebook and Twitter might have to shut down operations if SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, goes into effect. The bill would require them to be blacklisted from search engines and censor their content if they link to pirated content if the law goes through.
The CEO of Twitter said, “”Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish”.
“This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts,” said Lamar Smith, a Republican congressman who is one of the big sponsors and originator of SOPA. “Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”
Former senator Chris Dodd, now chair of the Motion Picture Association of America, called the blackout a “gimmick” and told protesters to “stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”
The SOPA bill has lots of backing from those in the American movie and music industry who say piracy has cost the industry millions of jobs.
Those who oppose SOPA say the bill could create internet censorship similar to China’s.