Two bills, Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) being debated by Congress right now. While I am firmly against internet piracy, I believe these bills, if passed, could fatally damage the free and open internet.
In reaction to these over broad and badly written bills, Wikipedia and user-generated news site Reddit and the blog Boing Boing are also taking part in the “blackout”.
For more detail, see this pro and con article on CBC:
Opponents of SOPA and PIPA include WordPress, Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Roblox, Reddit,the Wikimedia Foundation, and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders,the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Human Rights Watch and others.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.