Many of you may find that a lot of your favorite sites are blacked out today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a censorship bill that could really change the way the Internet is run.
Long story (very) short: Sites that use copyrighted material, knowingly or otherwise (one example: a song playing in the background of a cute cat video), the person who originally posted the video on YouTube, anyone who linked to it, and the site that embedded it could all technically be sued and shut down because of the apparent piracy. That may seem extreme, but it’s not out of the realm of what SOPA would allow.
If you’re interested, I posted a little bit about why I chose to black out my other blog, Your Daily Cute, here on my Facebook post.
And if you want to learn more about SOPA, Mashable did a great job of explaining it in this post.
In the meantime, Business Cat means business.
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