ipadaustralia.net along with millions of web users and websites worldwide condemn the SOPA and Protect IP Bills which are currently before the US Congress. These bills have a ring of familiarity to them to us here in Australia – our Labor government in 2010 attempted to introduce a bill into parliament which would have effectively censored the internet. The mooted Australian legislation, along with the main provisions of the SOPA and Protect IP bills in practice will not do what they are ‘intended’ for, but will actually actually hinder free expression, put the onus of proof onto innocent web users and their ISP’s who are prosecuted, and create a draconian system of penalties which will bankrupt emerging businesses and websites and send web users to jail for merely linking to a supposed ‘infringing’ website. Attempts by governments to pass this type of legislation both in the USA and other countries must be resisted.
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