In the government's latest attempt to break the internet in order to "fix" it, the House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today on SOPA (H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Privacy Act), an overly broad bill that would jeopardize entire segments of the web at the discretion of prosecutors and judges.
SOPA is a House counter-part to the PROTECT-IP Act introduced in the Senate. The Senate version limits the websites that can be targeted to those "dedicated to infringement activities" which in itself is a broad definition. SOPA has no such narrowing of its reach, therefore even sites with trivial amounts of copyrighted content could be subject to seizure.
11 bipartisan members of the House signed a letter to the committee yesterday, stating in part:
Furthermore, blacklisting of websites for any reason sets a poor global example to tyrannical regimes such as those in China and Syria who would seek to use the U.S. censorship of websites to justify their own internet censorship.
You can read over the bill here.
You can read the ACLU's First Amendment take on the bill here.
Finally, see if your representative is a member of the Judiciary Committee here - if so, please contact them to urge them to oppose SOPA!