SOPA or abbreviation of the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill introduced by one U.S. representative, Lamar Smith Seeligson submitted to the Congress of the United States.
What is SOPA?
Quoted from Wikipedia about what it SOPA. Slightly more complete than the explanation above, and sufficient to explain what it is SOPA.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), That is a bill was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and Counterfeit goods.
SOPA objectives proposed
The goal is to stop the SOPA proposed adverse action the copyright holder (Copyright) piracy or counterfeiting of intellectual property rights on the internet and provide breadth of rights for law enforcement to follow up.
Effect and influence of SOPA
In accordance with SOPA objectives, namely to stop piracy or things that harm the copyright holder, then it will effect a profound effect on what is contained in the Internet world today.
One example is when SOPA be applied to the government of the United States reserves the right to block or even delete the website / blog (seen) copyright infringement (copyright).
They (USA) reserves the right to instruct all of the services still take shelter in their legislation, such as hosting services, the Registrant (domain service provider), online payment service, and even search engine services to cut off access or contact to your website / blog that is seen breaking of copyright.
SOPA, its Pros and Cons
Many people who support the existence of this SOPA, like GoDaddy for instance. GoDaddy is a provider of hosting services and also registrar. If SOPA is passed, then the party will stop service to GoDaddy domains are considered copyright infringement.
This situation is also utilized by other services against SOPA. They (like hostgator, namecheap, or name.com) even issued a discount coupon for anyone who wishes to move a domain from Godaddy to their service.
Some large sites that oppose SOPA include: Google, AOL, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zynga, and of course WordPress which campaigns to combat SOPA in one posting - Help Stop SOPA / PIPE. Do not forget, Matt Cutts, the Google engineer also campaigned reject SOPA - Progress against SOPA.
Agree to disagree, like it or not, SOPA is a product and monopoly practices on behalf of copyright protection (copyright). How about you? Supporting SOPA? or opponents?