Unless you live under a rock, it’s pretty hard to ignore the buzz that the Stop Online
Privacy Piracy Act (SOPA) has generated in the last few months. The controversial bill, along with its companion bill, Protect-IP Act (PIPA), intends to fight copyright infringement and piracy but has turned into a bitter battle between old and new media.
Everyone has covered the controversial bill, from more traditional media outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times to tech blogs such as ArsTechnica, TechCrunch and Gizmodo. Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the bill’s main opponents, posts about it frequently on Twitter and Reddit has successfully lobbied boycots of SOPA supporters.
Let’s be honest. Just because you’ve heard of the bill, doesn’t mean you actually understand it. SOPA is, after all, incredibly complicated. Well, you’re in luck. There’s a ton of articles explaining the bill. Even better, there’s some wonderful interactives ones.
So while Congress is on its winter recess — the House Judiciary Committee won’t pick up debating the bill until after Congress returns — why not take some time to check out the pieces below? Just a note: Most oppose the bill.