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Congress Addressed by Internet Experts over SOPA

Higher ups and experts at some of the internet's leading technology firms have been called in to offer up their thoughts to congress on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

"They said 'bring in the nerds,' so I'm headed to DC to testify about SOPA/PIPA," tweeted Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. He's set to testify on 18th January before congress about the implications of SOPA. The main concerns many have with the bill is its vague language and sweeping changes that could potentially allow for websites that company's feel are infringing copyright, to be stricken from the internet altogether - without even the need to inform the owner.

The Inquirer reports that some of the other attendees at the congressional hearing are: "Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace Hosting, Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff at the American Civil Liberties Union, and Dr Leonard Napolitano, director of the Center for Computer Sciences & Information Technology at Sandia National Laboratories."

SOPA has recently been gathering pace with many of the amendments to the bill suggested by heads at Google and Facebook being flat out denied. Many websites have self censored themselves in an effort to raise awareness for the bill, requesting those that don't want the internet to change to contact their representatives.

An open letter has also been written to congress by many of SOPA's proponents, attempting to put across the views of many internet users and technology firms. "The US government has regularly claimed that it supports a free and open Internet, both domestically and abroad. We cannot have a free and open Internet unless its naming and routing systems sit above the political concerns and objectives of any one government or industry," said the letter.

Anonymous recently attacked Sony's network for supporting SOPA, leading Sony and EA Games to remove their public support.