PIPA and SOPA bills are bad for America

Wikipedia is dark today. And if you check out Google today, you’ll notice a single black band through the name itself. In both instances, the web sites are seeking to raise awareness over a current debate in Congress on piracy and IP issues. Known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the bills “…would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business,” according to a news brief appearing on Google.

I don’t like the fact that Wikipedia is involved in a political issue.  It seems to me that a free and open encyclopedia should also be politically neutral. Censorship can’t be fought by censoring others.

More broadly, censorship is not a good thing. It never has been and never will be. Discussion of censorship, however, is a good thing and always has been.

I have no problem with Congress debating a bill that “could fatally damage the free and open Internet,” as Wikipedia notes. The PIPA and SOPA bills should be debated. Then they should be soundly defeated.

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