SOPA/PIPA are bad for education. Having the ability to access a variety of information sources is a critical part of the learning process, and should Congress pass this legislation, it is entirely possible for the United States to be plunged into a China-like black hole with no place for challenge, controversy or democracy. SOPA/PIPA would cripple media literacy organizations like The LAMP, which rely on using and accessing copyrighted material to hone critical thinking skills, creativity and interaction with media technologies and messages. (Yes, we do fall under Fair Use, but if people are confused now about their Fair Use rights, imagine what will happen if SOPA/PIPA pass; the ensuing legal knot could also take years to unravel.) In short, SOPA/PIPA would effectively shut down not only The LAMP, but it would also hinder scholars, teachers, researchers, schools, universities and any other person or institution working in education who benefits from an open Internet.
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