The best SOPA / PIPA Explanation Online

The internet has been absolutely over-flowing with anti-SOPA content, not that I’m complaining, but I’ve also not seen enough informative content that explains more than just SOPA & PIPA in their basest and most far-reaching potential threats to the internet.

On the one hand, the idea that SOPA / PIPA are a danger to free speech, legally free information remaining free and could potentially break the internet as we know it, is something that we should all be aware of.

However, what we should all also be aware of is exactly HOW this could potentially happen, what the ramifications of the law COULD potentially be, how the law came to exist in the first place and what we have to look forward to going forward, not just if it’s passed, but even if the US Congress and the US Senate knock the respective bills down.

The best explanation to me, is the one that simplifies it all and explains the key elements in a manner that isn’t filled with rhetoric and venomous attacks.  Clay Shirky gave a talk at the TED offices (they’re called TEDsalons instead of TEDtalks) that I feel fits the bill perfectly.  I’ve embedded the video below and provided a link.  It’s 13 minutes, but definitely the most productive 13 minutes of most of your day should you watch it.


Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea – view on TED.com.

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