What’s Up With SOPA?

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act recently.  The piece of legislation that aims to curb illegally copied material online is causing a stir because of the it’s implications for online freedom of speech and the potential for power abuse.  Here are a few rights the government would have under SOPA, I’ve lawfully borrowed from The Verge:

  1. Order internet service providers to alter their DNS servers from resolving the domain names of websites in foreign countries that host illegal copies of videos, songs, and photos.
  2. Order search engines like Google to modify search results to exclude foreign websites that host illegally copied material.
  3. Order payment providers like PayPal to shut down the payment accounts of foreign websites that host illegally copied material.
  4. Order ad services like Google’s AdSense to refuse any ads or payment from foreign sites that host illegally copied content.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/22/2648219/stop-online-piracy-act-sopa-what-is-it