SOPA & PIPA: A Guide To Internet Censorship

Jan 19, 2012

It's hard to keep an even keel about the debate over the two Internet anti-piracy laws known as SOPA and PIPA.

Yesterday's spectacle, if it revealed nothing else, showed what a flimsy connection there is between a congressmen "co-sponsoring" a bill and that same congressmen knowing what's in the bill.

After yesterday's show of force,  a number of congressmen withdrew their support for their co-sponsorship because ... wait for it ... they didn't agree with the content of the bills.

A lot of the confusion had to do, as usual, with money. Congressmen get a lot more money from the supporters of SOPA than they do from the opponents. But it leads me to wonder what we were really seeing yesterday. Who's aggregating the new power? We just saw Google and Facebook crush Viacom and the MPAA. But was that like watching the natural gas industry crush Big Oil? Are the new titans any different?

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