A group of 83 Internet inventors and engineers have written an open letter to the United States Congress opposing SOPA (and it’s evil twin PIPA). They are not happy. They said:
“We, the undersigned, have played various parts in building a network called the Internet. We wrote and debugged the software; we defined the standards and protocols that talk over that network. Many of us invented parts of it. We’re just a little proud of the social and economic benefits that our project, the Internet, has brought with it.”
In other words: We didn’t build this for you. We’re glad you enjoy it. But how dare you try to take control of it and bastardize it. Here is their letter, and here it is in PDF format.
What is SOPA? This article from Business Insider explains it well.
“They want to prevent piracy and copyright infringement. But they do so in an overly-aggressive, innovation-endangering way. They allow the entertainment industry to censor sites they feel “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement.
That means the Attorney General would have the power to cut off select websites from search engines like Google. It could also cut off advertisers and payment processors like Visa from the sites. The Attorney General could essentially kill all of a site’s traffic and revenue in a matter of days.
SOPA only allows targeted sites five days to submit an appeal. That doesn’t leave much time for them to defend themselves before losing their site and their revenue altogether.”
You know what? If congress doesn’t listen to these guys, who will they listen to?