103, 785 people, and counting, have signed petitions through a website called “We The People”, pleading President Obama to keep the internet free and open.
Microsoft released a statement last January 18, 2012 saying “We oppose the passing of the S.O.P.A. bill as currently drafted. We think the White House statement points in a constructive way to problems with the current legislation, the need to fix them, and the opportunity for people on all sides to talk together about a better path forward.” The statement can be seen from the The Seattle Times website.
Also, during the same day, Google asked users to sign a petition against S.O.P.A. and P.I.P.A. through a link posted on the website’s homepage. A spokeswoman confirmed that 4.5 million people has placed their names on the said petition. Another spokeswoman from WordPress.com has announced that more than 25, 000 bloggers have deemed their blogs unavailable signifying their protest and that another 12, 500 have used the “Stop Censorship” ribbon.
The numbers don’t lie. A huge amount of people, not only in the United States but also all around the globe, are against the passing of the said bill, which caused controversies and a lot of rebellion online. It is said that the bill won’t probably be passed, but it’s mere existence has shaken a lot of websites.
I agree with the rest of the world that this should not be passed, not under the terms of its present-day wording and terms. Piracy is a crime. But this bill affects also those online businesses that are innocent and they end up being the victims under the current outline of this law. I would suggest that they supervise websites that host file sharing and study if they do contribute to the distribution of pirated goods. They should realize that it is the users of the service (provided by the website) that are acting against the law, not the programmers and owners of the website. The government should seek the help of computer or internet analysts, preferably trust-worthy ones, in order to better improve the version of S.O.P.A. just like what an economist does for the interpretation and betterment of the economy.