“The Stop Online Piracy Act is a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to combat online copyright infringement and online trafficking in counterfeit goods.”
“SOPA’s threat to freedom of expression on the Internet.” “The Internet’s been an important space for communities of color to tell their own stories and advocate for issues they don’t often see in film or on television. SOPA puts that independence in jeopardy. It’ll add yet another barrier to how and what we can communicate.”
“Who’s opposed to SOPA? Basically, every website that you visit regularly. Most notably, Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Reddit, along with thousands of other websites, have chosen to go dark in opposition to the bill and to help educate users about its potential impact. But the list doesn’t stop there: Google, Yahoo, YouTube, and Twitter have also publicly opposed the bill. The White House has also announced that should the bill reach President Obama’s desk, he will veto it.”
"How would it impact me? If you create or consume content on the Internet, under SOPA the government would have the power to pull the plug on your website. If you’re a casual consumer, your favorite websites could be penalized and shut down if they seem to be illegally supporting copyrighted material.”
"This is especially important for human rights groups and advocates in communities of color, who could faced increased censorship if the bill is passed. The language of the bill makes it easy for the US Attorney General to go after websites it simply sees as a threat."
source: colorlines & wikipedia
“Fanfiction is copyright infringement, fanart is as well. While the law isn’t very clear on fictional characters and elements, it is clear that fanfiction does not fall under fair use unless it’s parody. Right nowfanfiction writers do not get sued unless they cause financial damage (eg. sell their work). This why, those copyright holders that do not approve fanfiction go to the ISPs. ISPs then pressure the fanfiction writers to remove their work to avoid costly court cases. What SOPA does it give the same power for copyright holders to grill websites themselves and the need for them to point out financial damage is out of the window. SOPA gives the copyright owners the right to BLOCK OUT a site just for ONE illegal link or copyrighted material. For example, if someone posts fanfiction about Darth Vader and the website in question won’t take it away quick enough, they can be sued. This means the websites will have to censor user submitted content. PIPA also gives them a way to block a foreign site from American citizens. The joke is none of this is stopping piracy. Piratebay has said there are numerous ways for them to go around these laws. What is on the line of fire is not the torrent sites with illegal content but services like Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, FanFiction.net and DeviantArt that give power to their users to submit their own content.” cr. finncook
All fan-pages, fansites, fanmade material will be gone! Basically, we can’t enjoy the internet like we do right now. :( We can’t let that happen.
You can SIGN THIS PETITION to STOP it.