Are the days of a free and open internet over?

There’s a backlash underway against supporters of the Stop Online Privacy Act – known as SOPA.

The legislation – which is currently stalled in Congress until next month – would give the federal government – working with major entertainment industries – the power to take down websites that may be displaying copyrighted material.

Domain registrar publicly supported SOPA – and now has seen more than 120,000 domain names transferred from its services thanks to a groundswell of Internet activism calling for boycotts on GoDaddy.

Meanwhile – two main proponents of the Internet censorship legislation – Republican Senator Bob Corker – and Republican Representative Paul Ryan are being target in an online campaign calling for people to dig up dirt on them and ruin their political careers.

Sadly, the days of a free and open Internet will be numbered if SOPA becomes law.

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