The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Reddit have beenÂ pushing a campaignarguing that SOPA, as written, would harm future innovation.
â€œBig corporations are lobbying Congress to pass a bill that would prevent sites such as Reddit, YouTube, Google or Bit.ly from ever getting off the ground,â€ the groupâ€™s campaign asserts, before issuing a call to have participants calling on their members of Congress to oppose the bill.
Underpinning the argument about the billâ€™s possible effects on innovation are two open letters to Congress, one sent by the founders of several prominent Web firms, including Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and the other by engineers who were instrumental in creating theÂ structure of the Internet, The Washington Post reported.
Supporters of the bill say that the measure would not damage the Internet or free speech, though Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) hasÂ introduced an amendmentÂ to the original bill to address some of these concerns.
In a more drastic measure,Â Wikipedia founder Jimmy WalesÂ has been discussing the possibility of staging a stunt to pull Wikipedia off the Internet in protest. On a discussion page at Wikipedia, approximately 90 percent of those whoâ€™ve weighed in support the temporary blacklist â€” a tactic the online encyclopedia used to combat an Italian privacy law.