WWE: Why the SOPA/PIPA Problem Will Destroy Online Wrestling

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WWE: Why the SOPA/PIPA Problem Will Destroy Online Wrestling

You may not have heard of it before today. 

That's because many major news outlets are in support of SOPA and PIPA, so they ramp back the amount of coverage it receives because they wanted it to pass quietly while the American people weren't looking. 

However, due to massive opposition from such internet heavyweights as Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as a coordinated blackout of major sites like Wikipedia and Reddit, that is occurring as we speak, the public is being made aware of what SOPA and PIPA actually are. 

What is SOPA and PIPA? 

SOPA stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA stands for the Protect IP Act. 

These are bills that are passing through the Senate (PIPA) and the House of Representatives (SOPA), that are geared at shutting down access to foreign rouge websites that specialize in pirating movies and making them available to Americans.

That's what the explanation is on the surface. 

But, in reality, these are monstrous bills that would literally break the entire internet. 

How?

They would literally give giant corporations the power to arbitrarily say that a website, such as Bleacher Report, is infringing on their copyrights and have it shut down.

For good.

No trial, no legal process, no oversight.  They simply contact the Department of Justice, and it's done.

They also have the ability to contact banks and payment processors and have them cut off funding to a website, by themselves.  They can get search engines to remove the website from their rankings.

And if they don't remove it?  They've committed a felony.

As you can see, this will create widespread shutdowns of popular sites, like the main opposition to these bills mentioned above, and many more. 

Companies, large and small, would be able to abuse these powers to snuff out competition, censor harsh critics, and create monopolies out of their greed. 

But what does this all mean for you as a wrestling fan? 

Let's take a look...

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