This screen shot shows the home page Google.com. A campaign whose backers include tech heavyweights like Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. has successfully portrayed the bills _ the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act _ as an attack on a free and open Internet rather than a way to protect the jobs of Americans in the movie and music industries, in a protest Wenesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
As a senior in high school, it concerns me that my generation seems to be an afterthought of public officials. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is a great example of how little foresight and care they have for us. Under this law, websites that have links to other sites with pirated or copyrighted material would be shut down.
This could stunt the web development market in the U.S. since new web-based companies would be killed if they weren't able to baby-sit their linked sites. The bill would make it businesses' job to police their websites for illegal links. Isn't it the government's job to enforce its own laws?
I'm not naive enough to think that sites with illegal links shouldn't be held responsible to some extent. But take for example Google. Is it to continually monitor every link it has or else be blocked from U.S. users? For many web-based companies such as Google, Wikipedia and Bing, this doesn't make sense.
I support the crackdown on piracy and copyright infringement, but I think that there are better ways of doing it. Let's not rush into a decision that could further weaken our economy and my generation's entrepreneurial spirit.