We don't like to get political here at MiceChat, but the United States government has two pieces of legislation that could seriously effect the web, including sites like MiceChat.
SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect Intellectual Property Act) could have major effects on the openness of the internet. Both acts claim they will help copyrights holders by eliminating piracy on the web, but the laws do nothing of the such and instead censor based of simple web links. Here's Google's quick review of the proposed legislation:
This means that sites like MiceChat and MiceAge could face breaking the law for simply linking to another website, or embedding a video. In addition, this would mean that MiceChat would have to manually approve every thread, post, and submission to ensure that it doesn't link to copyrighted material. Under SOPA and PIPA, companies do not have to follow due process and could have sites like MiceChat shutdown completely for these simple acts."The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results.
Law-abiding U.S. internet companies would have to monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation.
To make matters worse, SOPA and PIPA wont even work. The censorship regulations written into these bills wont shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they cant possibly control."
Big companies have put big money behind PIPA and SOPA, including NBCUniversal, Disney, Sony, and Viacom. However, nearly all major Internet companies do not support the bills including Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Zynga, LinkedIn, Mozilla, AOL, and Yahoo!.
MiceChat always wants to remain that 'Different Look' at your favorite theme park and travel destinations. Let us maintain it by helping stop SOPA and PIPA.
Want more information on what PIPA and SOPA can do? Watch below:
What can you do?
Contact your senators and representatives. Visit Google's Take Action page, or American Censorship for information on how you can contact your elected officials. Contact them directly by using Wikipedia's look-up page.
SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP SOPA and PIPA
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-Monorail Man, Dustysage, Fishbulb & the entire MiceChat Crew