Let’s make this clear first: I’m neutral.
“Keep the internet free and open.” Face it, a “free” and “open” internet yes never been the case. There’s always some higher power knowing what you browse. If the internet was truly “free” and “open”, illegal downloading would be allowed worldwide, and the Chinese wouldn’t have so many locks on their internet.
Well, yes, certainly Google has its reasons to stop this, otherwise they wouldn’t start this. Think about it, when the goverment controls the internet, a good place to start regulating is the results with search engines. Who is the number 1 search engine again? There you have it, Google.
But nonetheless, stopping this is a benefit for most in general. Google has its own reasons to stop it, but it’s the same goal most of us are aiming for, so why not help each other out? We know Google sells its search results to advertisers, that’s no secret anymore. Why aim to stop what’s already there?
This are basically your options:
Sign the petition, stop SOPA: Google and corporations have more benefit from your browser history, as it is they who use it to change their marketing strategies and get profit. Stopping SOPA will keep everything as it is on this.
Don’t sign, give SOPA a chance: The goverment will mainly use browser history for stuff like finding criminals. Whether or not they’ll give the corporations less freedom can’t be predicted, but I can see them put taxes on internet advertising (which then again rises the chance of other taxes being lowered). Then again, the goverment also has the power to block certain sites and adapt the internet to their interest.
Remember though with the goverment, they can already use the internet to find criminals, as they can also already use it to block certain websites (prime example: China) or stop illegal downloads. Allowing SOPA will just make this easier for them, which is both good and bad. It’s basically sacrificing some privacy (>implying you have that nowadays with the corporations) to make stopping offenders more easily.
Now then, I am also certain a very big reason some want to stop SOPA is due to it making illegal downloading harder, as the goverment can then catch you more easily. To be honest, I find this just a bad excuse. You basically want to stop SOPA so you can keep doing illegal activities.