[Guardian] Sopa and Pipa: don't let big business break the internet
The lesson is that new technologies that look like threats can become glorious opportunities. But there's still no evidence that media moguls have grasped that simple idea.
Which brings us to the internet and the Sopa opera currently playing to packed audiences in the US Congress. The initials stand for the "Stop Online Piracy Act" and it is currently before the House of Representatives, which for these purposes is a fully paid-up branch of the movie industry.[...]
What's wrong with Sopa? Well, for starters it probably violates the US constitution and would certainly curtail free speech, threaten whistleblowers and undermine human rights. If implemented, it could put the US government on the same side of the line as China [...]