There has been a lot of hullabaloo lately about the SOPA/PIPA bills that are going through congress right now. While these bills purportedly protect the entertainment industry from piracy, many believe that this is a first step down a dark road of censorship for both the United States and the rest of the world and that the language is vague enough that it leaves room for many and varied abuses that go beyond the bills' intended purview.
I also know that there has been much argument going on lately in our particular corner of the world about pirating eBooks. Authors are up in arms, readers take sides. While this type of infringement is not the primary focus of these bills, it could be impacted by their passing.
So, what do you think? Is the protection of our intellectual property worth possible abuse and censorship of the internet? Do you think that what SOPA/PIPA proposes is censorship? I'd love to hear from you. But please remember, even though this is a heated issue, respect anyone who comments and avoid personal attacks. Thanks!