After reading articles, watching YouTube posts, getting feedback from friends, and gaining information from other sources I have seen a variety of views regarding (mostly) SOPA but also PIPA (PROTECT IP Act) and Anonymous. Many American citizens are all up in arms about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The point of the SOPA bill is to put every person who ever posted or streamed ‘intellectual property or counterfeit goods’ in jail for a maximum penalty of 5 years. PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) has a similar goal, to hire about 50 special agents to track people down who are managing websites that offer counterfeit goods.
Many companies such as National Basketball Association, LOreal, MasterCard Worldwide, Nike, Disney, and many others have taken a stand to show their support for the bill. This did not help the public opinion of the companies or SOPA. With an out raged public and boycotts being planned for a whole list of companies, is it really possible for these mega billion dollar companies to get the message? These companies have nothing to lose but the people that support them do. That is why people are going crazy over this bill.
In response to the uproar of opinions, Wikipedia sided with the public and made a drastic move. For 24 hours from January 18th to 19th, the online resource blacked out all of their articles. In place of their article that was being searched for a message was prompted, “imagine a world without free knowledge”. This was believed to get the attention of about 160 million people, which is about half of the US population. This is a major ramification to the web, if SOPA passes; think of all the free sources available today that will be lost.