So what is SOPA/PIPA?
According to 1stwebdesigner: PIPA is an acronym for the Protect IP Act, and was first introduced to the U.S. Senate on May 12, 2011 by Senators Patrick Leahy, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley. It is also good to take note that PIPA is a re-written legislation, the original being the failed to pass Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) of 2010.
“SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act, and is a bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Represenative Lamar Smith on October 26, 2011. In similarity with PIPA, SOPA is a build on a previous legislation. This legislation being the PRO-IP Act of 2008.”
They say when this bill is passed, Senate or congress or whoever else can practically look over your shoulder and determine whether you are violating intellectual property and then go ahead to force you to either take it down or face the music. For details on the bill check here.
Here’s a document (PDF) that shows a list of opposers to the bill.