How a VPN Can Stop SOPA
Although the Stop Online Piracy Act has been killed by bill sponsor Representative Lamar Smith, the war of online censorship is far from over. Organizations like the Motion Picture Association of American and the Recording Industry Association of America have had a problem with rogue websites for years, and that problem won’t suddenly vanish. SOPA will reincarnate, as advocates are back to the drawing board devising a new solution. In the meantime, here’s a solution for you to ensure you’ll be able to use the Internet without worry of piracy accusations: a virtual private network.
A virtual private network, or VPN, is a secure and reliable private connection between computers over an existing public network. So, whether you wanted to go online at home, in a coffee shop, or on your smartphone, you would be able to surf the web anonymously with a VPN. Even though SOPA has been killed, the Senate version, the Protect IP Act, is still alive. PIPA has a provision where under certain circumstances, Internet providers would be required to block access to sites, by removing them from the DNS entry list. This means that if you were to type in the domain name of a site that’s been blocked, you wouldn’t get any answer to its existence. However, with a VPN such as vpn4all.com or ocshield.com, who have servers located out of the United States, you would be able to circumvent these blockades and still access these sites.
It’s important to consider that laws like SOPA, PIPA, and the new Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, will affect the entire Internet, not just web surfing in the U. S. A law similar to these, which will target websites that are seen either to infringe on copyright itself or to encourage copyright infringement, will end up driving a lot of websites off of U.S-based domain names like .com and .us. For example, joe.com could end up being blocked because of such a law, but could move to joe.ca or joe.au in order to keep an English version of its site alive. A VPN would allow you to access those new addresses, as well as the blocked joe.com. But, more likely than not, joe.com would cease to exist. If one major company or website decides to do this, many more will follow, radically changing our online experience.Continued on the next page