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Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA this billwasintroduced in Octoberbythe Republicanmember of the US Houseof Representatives Lamar Smith This bill gives the government the power to shut down any websites that they claim have copyrighted material Although this could help lessen the online piracy it could also be the ending of free internet browsing and online entertainment because it allows the government to shutdown YouTube Wikipedia and many other sites we use on an everyday basis I believe that this bill should not be passed because it violates our rights by going against our first amendment in the constitution which protects the right to freedom of expression from government interference and also it could have a bad effect on the economy A free society is predicated upon the free flow of information stated Sascha Meinrath Director of the New America Foundations Open Technology Initiative The first amendment says that the congress is not able to shorten or take away or freedom of expression SOPA violates this law because it takes away our freedom of expressing ourselves in the ways we want to do it A great example of this is the shutting down of Megaupload This had a big effect on young musicians and video producers out there who found their only way to let people know about them or express themselves by uploading their files through this file hosting service called Megaupload These made a lot of users of this service lose all their files due to copyright infringements that the government claim to have found on this website even though these young musicians might not have anything to do with that For the government to have the ability to take down these websites without our permission or will is against our rights Websites such as Facebook Twitter and YouTube who have user contents or enable users to add comments videos or files are also at risk of being shut down because these users might
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