A group of Silicon Valley bigwigs recently wrote an open letter saying pending legislation in Congress will mean censorship and the stifling of innovation. The two bills, called the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act, were both meant to curb online piracy and copyright infringement but may have more serious consequences.
According to the open letter:
These two pieces of legislation threaten to:Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;Deny website owners the right to due process of law;Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; andUndermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.
These two pieces of legislation threaten to: