You’ve probably heard about the “Stop Online Privacy Act” (SOPA) and its sister, Protect-IP Act. Both bills have a lot of money supporting them with the funds coming from the pharmaceutical industry who is tired of seeing counterfeit medication purchased in lieu of their own products and from an entertainment industry afraid they’re losing too much money from sites illegally hosting copyrighted media.
That’s an idea that most people can get behind. Artists should be compensated for their work, even the modern day Picasso’s who came up with Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, and websites selling bad counterfeit medications shouldn’t be allowed to operate. The problem is that there are a lot of unintended consequences in the language of the bills that would change the way we use the Internet.