As many of you already know there are two bills currently being reviewed by the U.S. Government known as the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). To promote awareness several major web-sites are blacking out their pages, or censoring content on January 18, 2012.
The main intent of the bills is to stop the piracy of media content on the internet. The biggest problem with the solution to these bills is the ability for the government to DNS black list any offending sites. While their main targets are sites that already promote the illegal downloading and copying of protected content, the terms are so broad that they could give the U.S. government full control and censorship of the internet.
The internet was founded on the ability to freely express ideas and opinions. With these new laws in place, the internet would become irreparably damaged. The solution to copyright infringement and illegal downloading is not this. No matter what they do, someone will find a way around these restrictions as some already have. If the entertainment industry would instead focus on convenience in buying their content the amount of illegal downloading could be drastically reduced and both sides would win.
If you want to find out more about SOPA and PIPA you can do so here