"What is SOPA and How Does it Work?"

"A business suit and balaclava are mandatory for the successful execution of corporate-level cybercrime."

Nilay Patel for The Verge:

Both bills attempt to deal with online sites that traffic in illegally copied content, but at extreme cost of remaking the architecture of the internet itself. That’s a high price to pay, especially since neither bill will actually curb real piracy: SOPA and PIPA are the effective equivalent of blowing up every road, bridge, and tunnel in New York to keep people from getting to one bootleg stand in Union Square — but leaving the stand itself alone.

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