A week from today Congress is going to pick back up the debate on the SOPA bill, or the Stop Online Piracy Act. This bill, among other things, gives the Justice Department the ability to shut down instantly websites it deems to break copyright law, no matter what the use of the copyrighted material may be. Lawsuits can be pressed and funding can be cut according to the will and whim of Hollywood and big corporations, all of whom have backed this bill extensively. SOPA and PIPA are the cornerstones of what could be absolute censorship of the internet and I believe could lead to our press resembling that of China with a protective "firewall" around anything monied interests find unpleasant. This blog will certainly cease to exist in its current state if this act is passed into law. While I'm somewhat pessimistic about our chances of stopping it we have to try. Follow the links below to learn more and watch the video below for a brief but measured explanation of what is at stake.