If you tried to go on wikipedia.org a few days ago, you probably saw a home page that asked you for an e-mail address, protesting SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA would make it impossible to advertise or conduct business with any website that infringes on the bill’s guidelines. Additionally, SOPA could make it possible to ban internet service providers from hosting websites that do not comply. Why is this bad for small business? Quite simply, the internet has been a great equlizer for small business. Small startups can compete with big players on the internet. However, With such strict guidelines and harsh penalties, creativity would be stifled. Individuals may start to fear that any move they make on the internet may be infringing on someone else’s intellectual property, and therefore not participate.
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