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Search Engine Academy wants your involvement now!

On January 18th, 2012, Search Engine Academy and companies across the web joined forces to protest two bills being put before congress: SOPA and PIPA. In a nutshell, these two bills will give the government and large corporations unprecedented power over what can be shown on search engines, social media sites and even your very own website!

To protect our rights as website and business owners, many sites have popped up to help build awareness of the potential stranglehold these two bills will create on the Internet. As an SEO training company, we would like to focus our SEO classes on supporting your marketing goals, not on what you need to do to stay compliant with the government. It is our job as citizens to share our voice on this topic. With that said, here are ways that you can get involved and stop these bills from passing.

  1. Write to your representatives and ask them NOT to support these bills
  2. Join the organized effort to spread awareness of these “freedom of speech” killing bills
  3. Post this video to your social media accounts to help educate the people around you

We all need to voice our opinions on this topic. Read the summaries of the bills below and go to opencongress.com to view more information regarding SOPA and PIPA.

Below are summaries of the two bills:

SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act

OpenCongress Summary

This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be dedicated to copyright infringment. The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against any site they deem to have “only limited purpose or use other than infringement,” and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison. This bill combines two separate Senate bills — S.968 and S.978 — into one big House bill.

PIPA – Protect IP Act of 2011

OpenCongress Summary

Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.

Thank you for your support! Please add your comments below and let us know what you have done to help stop these bills from passing.