From - Four good reasons to strike against SOPA and PIPA

On Wed, 18 January 2012, in Articles , Reports , by Ernesto Belisario

Imagine an Internet, a world in which Youtube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter do not exist. A world without links, search engines and user-generated content. A web in which it is sufficient to threaten legal action to easily obtain the removal of any content by the provider, or even, in which the same provider may choose (individually) to remove it in order to avoid unpleasant consequences.

Can not imagine it, right? Yet this is what could happen if they were approved in US bills SOPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act ) and PIPA ( Protect IP Act ) currently before the Congress.

Against these proposals (the contents of which refer to ' excellent piece of Guido Scorza ) Network has organized for today, January 18, 2012, a " global strike ". Bloggers, netizens, giants and Web service providers have organized themselves to express its opposition to the measure. The most striking sign is surely to Wikipedia who has chosen to obscure its English version , Google has decided to support the protest and there are many sites that, even in Italy , have decided to join the # SOPAblackout .

The choice of LeggiOggi was to not obscure their pages but, as befits a newspaper of legal information, promote awareness of these proposals liberticide and stimulate discussion on the reasons for the protest.

I try to give my contribution, trying to explain what are the reasons why it is right to strike.

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