The implications of this sort of government overreach are alarming.
HUDSON, WISCONSIN (PRWEB) January 18, 2012
The online color copying and printing company, Docucopies.com, wants to assure their customers that they will still be maintaining their website, printing color copies and running business as usual today, despite their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Many high-profile websites, including Reddit and Wikipedia, are participating in a “blackout” today in protest of SOPA and a related bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). These bills have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months due to certain provisions which would give the US government unprecedented power to block access to certain websites which they deem as facilitating or aiding in the piracy of copyrighted content. This power circumvents normal legal hurdles, such as due process and judicial review, while also posing a potential threat to the First Amendment and other liberties.
While the bills are heavily favored by such groups as the Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America and other content owners, countless more companies have been increasingly vocal in their opposition to the bill, including the big daddy of the internet, Google.
“We do not endorse or justify the theft of intellectual property,” says Docucopies President/CEO David Pressley. “But there are better ways to protect copyrighted material than pushing through such broad legislation which potentially tramples on essential liberties.”
Pressley says the laws could give the government precedent to enact further legislation which regulates and hinders the free flow of information, which is what makes the Internet unique and allowed it to thrive and prosper in the first place. While major newspapers, broadcasting companies and other information sources are owned and controlled by a select few entities, the Internet remains relatively free and decentralized, making it the most powerful channel for freedom of speech and expression.
“It starts here, but where does it end?” says Pressley. “Next thing you know, political interests could be blocking access to websites whose ideas don’t reflect their own. The implications of this sort of government overreach are alarming.”
Numerous websites provide detailed information on the nature of SOPA and PIPA, such as StopTheWall.us. Visit them online to find out more, including information on contacting your members of congress.