Backlash Against Internet Piracy Bills

"The internet has been the first medium that connects the entire world. Seven billion people are able to share their information on there," says Rebecca Higgs-Evans.

Higgs-Evans spends eight hours online every day. She's concerned about recently proposed bills in the House and Senate that aim to drastically curb online piracy.

"I do think there are many issues with privacy and piracy acts. They're basically not looking at the due process and first amendment rights," says Higgs-Evans.

The goal of these bills is to block rogue websites that infringe on copyrighted content, so that the entertainment industry can be properly compensated for their work. Others believe it's freedom of speech that's being infringed upon.

"I do think that it seems like censorship to me," Cindy Myatt.

"It's important for us to do what we can so that the internet can stay free and open so that ideas can be spread to everyone," says Todd Hayes.

If you went on the internet today and went over to Wikipedia or Google, you probably noticed that both have different front pages. That's because they're using today to protest the internet piracy bills.

Wikipedia's founder told CNN he plans to blackout the site for at least 24 hours in a protest he compared to the Occupy movement. Thousands of other webpages joined in the cause including social media site Reddit.

"This is a really big deal and this is something we're going to fight and this is something we think threatens the whole tech sector," says Reddit GM Erik Martin.

Higgs-Evans says the move is working.

"It definitely got my attention, so I think that's a good thing," says Higgs-Evans.


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