Recognizing The Fifth Anniversary of the SOPA Blackout

Indiscriminate website blocking laws would have led to:

A weaker economy: It’s likely that the internet sector would not have grown to become 6 percent of GDP, employing 3 million Americans. Aggressive censorship of large swathes of the internet would have stymied growth for the internet and the creators that depend on it. That means fewer jobs.

More censorship and less freedom, both at home and abroad: China, Russia, and other less democratic regimes would have taken their cue from the USand installed similar censorship regimes.

Fewer consumer choices online: The prospect of starting a new business or creating new content online looks far less promising when you face the threat of having your entire website blocked for a single piece of infringing content.

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