Friday, January 20, 2012

SOPA and PIPA is not all about piracy ...

The US Congress is mulling over the draconian SOPA and PIPA act. Is it just the piracy of copyrighted materials their primary concern? There are serious doubts that they are concerned more about the piracy. The freedom, the internet gives to the citizens are immense. The internet gives an identity to a citizen. A person can access everything in the social media which is not available in other forms of media due to restrictions by the government. The power of the social media was seen in the Arab uprising which finally led to the toppling of three dictators who held their foot strong for decades. But there seems to be an emergency to put hold on these type of open media as any government with wrong polices are vulnerable. The recent Occupy Wall street is one of the instance where USA faced the fire from its own idea of freedom of expression. The social media unites the people for a cause but the ruling elite never favors such regrouping as it exposes them to the bottom. Whether it is democratic or communist country, the rulers want their position to be above law. The power corrupts the people, whether you are in a communist state or a democratic one. So are these draconian laws in disguise of piracy prevention.

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