Additionally, my personal opinion on SOPA is that it is a much needed legislation in order to protect the interests of artists and authors on the web. Opponents have said it would limit their freedom of expression on the web because they wouldn't be able to hijack the hard work of artists and authors. I say too bad - theft is theft. For far too long we've stood helplessly by as our work was stolen by people who think the web is a freezone where anything goes. It is not.
For the record - you can't just steal any of my work. It is protected under copyright. Right now, without SOPA, copyrights are difficult and costly to enforce. Unfortunately, many of the worst thieves are overseas, currently out of reach of our laws. SOPA would have given us a tool cut them off from the marketplace. I hope that a version that gives us this needed tool does come to fruition.
NOTE: Because someone going by firstname.lastname@example.org did not comport themselves properly in responding to this post, all comments must be approved prior to posting. This action is made necessary because I will not condone the language used by the poster. Why is it that people feel they can hide behind an anonymous e-mail and post ignorant comments in blogs and comment areas on the web?