My site is about doing what I can to save you all money. However, there is a law pending which could actually shut down this site, and may like it. The laws are called SOPA and PIPA. I am sure you are thinking like me and do not understand the acronym or what this means.
There is a lot to understand in regards to these bills. However, the basic jist of it is this – if a company believes (note that it does not say can prove) that someone has posted something on any page that was the property of another site without permission, they can go directly to that site’s web host and demand the site be taken down. No trial. No jury. They can just go in and shut down any site they want to. They can in essence “steal” the domain from under the site owner.
This would immediately effect sites such as YouTube and even Facebook as they are filled with images and text. Most of this is innocent and never done with intent to harm anyone nor to steal content. But yet, they could be shut down. If you think about it, there would be very few websites left untouched should this bill pass.
Many websites have gone black today to protest the bill. Some are blacking out banners, some have black pop ups and some are completely shut down. I am not telling this to you to scare you nor in any attempt to shove political beliefs down anyone’s throat. I am sharing this because it is a law that is basically forcing censorship. It would stifle freedom of speech. It is important that you know about it.
So, what can you do? Contact your Senators and Congressmen and explain to them how this affects you and whether you ask them to support it or not. People think they can’t make a difference – but remember many elections have been lost by only a few votes.
(Please keep any comments on this post polite).