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You may have noticed that some of the websites you regularly visit looked different on January 18, 2012. Google's logo looks like it's been censored-so does most of the content on Wired. Wikipedia and Reddit are blacked out. What's going on? SOPA, that's what. The Stop Online Piracy Act is a federal bill attempting to curtail the Internet piracy (of music, movies, photos and more). That seems fair, right? Businesses, whether they're Hollywood production companies or local coffee shops, have a right to protect themselves from unscrupulous behavior. So what's the problem with creating legislation to protect the rights of businesses? As Jeffrey Zeldman phrases it in his article, "SOPA approaches the piracy problem with a broad brush, lights that brush on fire, and soaks the whole Internet in gasoline." In fact, SOPA goes so far that it's possible this entire website that you're on right now could be blocked just because I quoted that line. Do you quote anyone on your company's website? Then it's possible you could be blocked, too, if SOPA passes. If passed, this bill could have sweeping ramifications. Not only would small businesses have to tread carefully for fear of being blocked, but hugely popular websites - right down to Twitter and Facebook - could face serious retribution. Let's look at some very average Facebook activity as an example. A couple of years ago, "Look-aLike Week" swept through the social network. People were encouraged to change their profile picture to a celebrity whom they resemble. So if you grabbed a photo of an actor from IMDb and made that your profile picture, all of Facebook could be shut down because of your actions. Facebook would be held responsible for your technical violation of copyright law. It simply isn't feasible for Facebook to monitor every single post by every single on of its millions of U.S. members. SOPA could change the Internet as we know it today. This opinion piece at Mashable claims it could send us back to the "dark ages." The White House has recently come out against, "legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." While this implies that President Obama will veto SOPA, that doesn't mean the bill is dead. Lobbyists have spent of $91 million to get this bill in front of the House of Representatives. While we have no way of predicting the end result, it's important for small business owners to stay on top of these hot topics. If a bill can change the Internet to its very core, it can certainly affect the way you do business.

Article Resource: Jeffrey Zeldman - About the Author: Emily VonSydow, Project Manager at Bop Design Bop Design is a San Diego Web Design and Marketing Agency Bop Design is a boutique marketing communications firm. We express your business' values through branding, advertising, print design and custom web design and development. We also help attract your ideal customer through affordable seo services and search engine marketing. Our focus is on small businesses that want an external team of marketing specialists to help give their brand an edge in the marketplace. Download our new white paper " Marketing 101: Marketing for Success " today!

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==== ==== Do You Recognize The 3 Early Warning Signs Of Your Computer Being Breached? ==== ====

Sopa, Pipa, and Internet Privacy