There are really only two groups of people who support SOPA: the American entertainment industry, and politicians in Washington. Pretty much everybody else – people who use the internet, people who run websites, people who understand the internet – are vehemently and vocally opposed to it.
Guess who’s winning the battle?
SOPA is a useful reminder that the internet is basically an American tool. American laws passed in America have the power to change how the internet functions all around the world. This is the system that everyone has bought into, and these are the results of having a global system that is actually heavily dependant upon the laws of one particular nation.
Basically, SOPA aims to kill free speech in order to protect a 20th century business model that made a lot of money for the entertainment industry back then but which doesn’t really work today. Even the EU has confirmed that it has deep concerns about SOPA, and recent events such as the Megaupload controversy show the dangers of granting this level of power to the entertainment industry.
There are lots of reasons to be angry about SOPA. There’s the fact that it is likely to pass despite massive, organised opposition. There’s the fact that US politicians are making decisions that affect how the whole world will be able to go online. And there’s the fact that there is nothing you or I can do to change what happens. Money always gets its way.