The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) may just not see day light as lawmakers in the US start to change their stand and oppose both bills.
This comes after many US based sites including Wikipedia, Google, WordPress, and Reddit decided to hold a universal internet protest of both bills which is said to cripple the internet. It was also reported that Facebook and Twitter has also denounce SOPA and PIPA although both sites stayed on as usual. Reports had also suggested that over 4.5 million have signed an anti-SOPA petition.
The response from netizens saw many choosing to black out or put up the word ‘censored’ on their profile photos. Many tweeted about it, expressing rage over the proposed bills, and bloggers trashed both bills with their reasoning of ‘why it shouldn’t be approved’.
On the supporting end of SOPA and PIPA however, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have both accused these online giants of pressuring and misusing power to their advantage citing that both acts will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites.
The bill, if approved, is said will allow the US government to ‘force’ US based sites to disengage themselves with foreign sites, affecting millions worldwide.
For more on this, check out CNN.