The author actually read through the proposed legislation and just one of the many dangerous passages goes like this:
Let’s cut straight to the nasty bits.
An `Internet site is dedicated to theft of U.S. property’ if [a portion of the site is US-directed] and is used by users within the United States and is primarily designed or operated for the purpose of offering services in a manner that enables or facilitates [copyright violation or circumvention of copyright protection measures].
Still doesn’t sound that bad, but consider this: Any site that allows users to post content is “primarily designed for the purpose of offering services in a manner that enables copyright violation.” The site doesn’t have to be clearly designed for the purpose of copyright violation; it only has to provide functionality that can be used to enable copyright violation.
Reshared post from +Pete Cashmore
Mashable's Chief Architect,, dissected the SOPA bill section by section to help us understand why it's bad for the web.
Well worth a read if you haven't read SOPA in full or don't fully understand it.
Why SOPA Is Dangerous
One writer discusses why we need to understand and oppose SOPA — immediately.
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