What is SOPA?

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Confused about the Stop Online Piracy Act, what it means and why people are upset? You’re not alone. It’s legislation intended to fight online piracy, but the ambiguity of the wording is what has upset so many. The uproar is as much about what is implicitly stated as it is about what it implies or makes possible.

I’ve compiled a list of helpful links and videos below to guide you through the madness. Feel free to recommend your own in the comments!

Why SOPA is Dangerous
Mashable – by Chris Heald

Stop Online Piracy Act

What is SOPA?
Gizmodo – by Brian Barrett

SOPA Explained: What it is and Why it Matters
CNN Money – by Julianne Pepitone

What You Need to Know About SOPA in 2012
ReadWriteWeb – by Dan Rowinski

SOPA and PIPA: Just the Facts
PC World – by Jared Newman

What Is SOPA?
Politico – by Mike Zapler and Kim Hart

Explainer: Understanding SOPA
The Guardian

SOPA Strike – Largest Online Protest in History

Stop American Censorship – A Campaign from Fight for the Future