How SOPA Threatens to Bring Chinese-Style Censorship to Online Businesses

When a site like Wikipedia goes black you know something’s up. Legislation before the U.S. congress known as the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (a.k.a., SOPA) threatens to impose Chinese-style censorship on law-abiding U.S. website owners like Google, Ebay, Amazon and countless other websites by forcing them to monitor and censor all content uploaded to their websites that is in violation of U.S. Copyright law or else be prosecuted in court. Mike Woods, broker/owner of msWoods Indianapolis Real Estate, LLC, a central Indiana-based brokerage based in Indianapolis, Indiana, agrees that the proposed legislation, “not only translates into an undue legal and financial burden on business but threatens to stifle innovation and job creation.”

The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results. That’s why 41 human rights organizations and 110 prominent law professors have expressed grave concerns about the bills.

If you are already concerned about the fragile state of the U.S. economy, then you owe it to yourself to check out the facts and learn why dozens of human rights advocates and over 100 respected law professors say SOPA is a very bad idea.