The debate for net neutrality has come and gone through Congress over the past couple of years. While conservative members of the House and Senate wanted corporations to make more money, the public showed their disgust at the bill. While that piece of legislation was sponsored by the large Internet providers of the country, there …

Stop Online Piracy Act Limits Blogging Freedom and Revenue

The debate for net neutrality has come and gone through Congress over the past couple of years. While conservative members of the House and Senate wanted corporations to make more money, the public showed their disgust at the bill. While that piece of legislation was sponsored by the large Internet providers of the country, there is a new bill taking serious consideration amongst lawmakers called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Democrats and Republicans are both jumping on the bandwagon to co-sponsor these bills. In the face of a major budget crisis and record levels of unemployment, these politicians are looking for a distraction to get their poll numbers up for the 2012 election. If this bill passes, the only way you can stand to make money online is through a PayPal account and Chase Freedom credit cards, which will give an unfair advantage to major corporations and large agencies.

If you are thinking about placing controversial content on your blog and keeping a steady stream of ad revenue, you are going to be in for a surprise. Anything that meets the qualifications of piracy or copyright infringement in the loose standards of the RIAA or MPAA will get locked out and blocked by enormous government censors.

Reuters reports that the legislation would require search engines to block all access to questionable content. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, has stated that the bill is draconian and seriously impedes any progress we as a society have made to make information more freely available.

While this author is not condoning piracy, the number of backlinks and social media accounts that might be influenced by sites deemed inappropriate will drastically limit the amount of information available on the Internet. Imagine a large blogging system like WordPress or Tumblr has a questionable account according to the new laws. Instead of shutting down the one site in question, the whole network would get shut down until resolution was made.

In response to the debates in Congress, Mozilla, Reddit, and Tumblr have voluntarily censored their websites in order to show what could happen if the bill passes. An article on Mashable illustrates how these major proponents of open Internet sourcing blocked out entire portions of their sites in order to prove a point.

The Internet has become the Wild West of free and unfiltered communication. Since the 1990s activists and radicals have been able to spread their messages online without the gatekeepers the mainstream media has put in place. If this bill passes, we could be seeing the same level of Internet control as China and Saudi Arabia, only domestically and without the need of no foreign transaction fee credit cards.

This was a guest post by Saul from Search Writer.

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  1. I like blogging. I especially like it since I just started hosting my own website. I now have full editorial control and I own my material, not another company. I like it because it gives me my own voice and I’ve gotten to “meet” some really neat people. I do follow some other blogs and enjoy reading what they post. It’s amazing how creative and funny some people are. I’m trying to transition my blogging into an income which would hopefully allow me to stop working for others and focus on writing full time. We’ll see what happens!
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    • I love blogging as well, I don’t know how I had access to the internet for so long without doing it (about five years). I get to write about what I want, when I want, and I get paid for EVERY post I publish. 🙂

      Hopefully these laws they are bringing in to stop people making money from blogging won’t hurt me too much (or at all).

  2. As always, doesn’t politician know nothing more than they want your votes in the election, they can’t stop Internet by to shut down server or close web sites. After the election has they already forget everything about it and don’t to do anything with it.

  3. What is piracy? Are rewritten content piracy? Does content syndication constitute piracy? Is quoting information piracy? It’s hard to draw the line. Who is going to do the policing? What is the appropriate mechanics to handle such a large scale policing? What about appeal or recourse?

    Frankly, the above questions cause me to think that this kind of policy is not going to work or even passed. What do you think?

  4. Hi.

    Any steps following globalization is not good for sure, but i don’t think it will really happen when the whole and huge free bloghostings will be closed because of one terms violator.
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  5. What lovely freedom we have for our government to deem what information they believe should be available to us. There are always ways around rules, and people will find them. This will just make them more determined.
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    • I don’t think that is anything new, the government in the UK has been hiding things from the public even back in the day when Kings and Queens ran my country.

  6. This kind of thing seriously annoys me, I have to say. Selfish (as usual) politicians willing to do whatever it takes to improve their chances of being re-elected without giving a second thought about anything else. I really hope common sense prevails and this bill isn’t passed. Like with most anti-piracy measures, it will end up hurting the innocent more than the guilty.

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