What they means?
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011.
PIPA (Protect IP Act) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S.
Response of the world
On the 18th of January the world's biggest online pages blacked out for a day to protest against censorship (See images below).
Google (Search engine)
WordPress (Blog engine)
Facebook (Social network)
Read Facebook page about SOPA:
The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet. The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.
Impact that SOPA and PIPA can cause
When will be any decision?
On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate.