Internet Pirates 'Aaarrrrgh!' - Granite Grok

Internet Pirates ‘Aaarrrrgh!’

Is the internet Piracy Act give  to much censorship power for the governmentIs the Federal Government’s move to pass the Stop On-line Piracy Act, intentionally or not, putting another foot in the door for federal censorship of the online universe?

Here’s the actual text of the thing. (No, I have not read it yet.)

As with all Federal legislation intent should be considered irrelevant.  Potential is what matters.  And if you google SOPA you’ll find plenty of it, and most of the remarks are not favorable to the legislation.  A few observations from WiredTechCrunch, Hot Air, Politico, and the Washington Post, which frames the bill nicely…

SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is a bill that, in the name of preventing online piracy of copyrighted work, creates a horrifyingly large censorship authority for the Internet.

And there you have it.

So who wins this one?  Big media and Big Government, or everyone else?