Yeah, I'm back. But no one cared when I said that in my last blog, so let's get to the serious topic at hand. There's been a serious issue going around lately that might affect the whole internet. No one here has addressed it (as far as I know, I haven't been here in a while), so I thought I'd tell you all.
The Senate is trying to pass this bill called Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA as well as a bill called Protect IP. The bills are trying to do just that, stop online piracy. Yes, piracy is a serious problem and it should be stopped. However, the text in the bills are so vague, that it could also mean something entirely different. While it would destroy piracy sites, which is a good thing, it would also destroy anything that has copywrite infringing material in it. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Wikipedia, any Wikia(including this one), any livestreaming site, and any site that has reviews on it.
If you posted a video of yourself singing a popular song or posted a review of a new movie, video game, etc, or even just a random video with a well known song in the background, not only would your site be destroyed, you'd be sent to jail for 5 years. The following is a crappy example, but he's probably the most famous person I could think of who could be affected by this...
I'm sure all of you have heard of Justin Biber, right? Of course you have. He's the biggest person ever right now. Now, before he was the heartthrob, fangirl bait he is today, he was posting videos on Youtube of him singing popular R&B songs. A talent agent saw this, and got a record deal and became famous. If SOPA was passed, he would be considered a criminal and could be sent to prison. Don't get me wrong, I HATE Justin Biber with a burning passion, but this SERIOUSLY isn't right! There's a lot of genuinely talented people all over the internet who could become criminals just because they had clips of 300 or The Dark Knight in their latest review.
I know what you're thinking. This bill will never pass! The government wouldn't ruin the internet as we know it! That's taking away our freedom! Well, I don't think the Senate realizes that. It seems they don't know anything about the internet. If the bill were to pass, many people would lose their jobs, or be sent to jail. Also, the Senate is not only trying to pass this bill, but they're trying to do it as fast as humanly possible. By mid-January, this site, Youtube and many more of your favorite sites, could be no more. So, call your local congressman, sign some petitons against it(Google some. I couldn't find a good petition)and spread the word! 2012 won't be the end of the world, but it could be the end of the Internet.
For more information, watch these videos on SOPA and Protect IP. These can explain it much better than I can. Hell, they probably mentioned things I didn't talk about.
I'm sorry if this doesn't have anything directly to do with Total Drama and that I'm talking about something as controversial as politics. I just wanted everyone to know about this. I hope I'm not overreacting.....or too late....or missed the point. Please don't ban me for this.