The latest government shutdown drama and pay-roll tax cuts have dominated news coverage out of Capitol Hill this past week, but attention should also be on the Stop Online Piracy Act that is being debated in the House Judiciary Committee right now, which has members of both parties split.
Introduced by Lamar Smith, and supported by Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce, SOPA is intended to shutdown foreign owned websites illegally broadcasting American produced shows, and movies, thus protecting their intellectual property and hopefully pushing internet piracy to the brink.
Opponents to the legislation claim the proposed law would harm innovation on the internet and lead possibly to censorship, while lawmakers say the blocking of websites could cause problems with the internet's domain system. However, this issue is not about technical problems, rather it's about law & order.
American based film companies lose millions upon millions of dollars due to pirates, who steal their property and reproduce for cheap thieves to enjoy, and something has to be done. Shutting down the website of someone illegally broadcasting these movies is not censorship; it's shutting down thieves.
Please support this law and don't allow opponents to turn this debate from common sense law and order to fears over online censorship, because they are wrong and they know it.
What say you?