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How SOPA and PIPA Could Cripple the Internet

America was built on the right to free speech. Right now that freedom is in danger, because of a bill currently before the US House of Representatives called the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261). While the Bill is intended to protect copyright holders and content creators from copyright violators outside of US jurisdiction, it is written ambiguously and effectively creates a government firewall. The Bill would allow the US Government to block Americans from visiting websites via DNS blocking – similar methods are used by Iran, China and Syria. Using DNS blocking, operators of websites that contain content that is in violation of copyright (or even linking to such content) could have their US web traffic, search traffic and ad-revenue blocked.