Today's protests of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) on sites like Reddit and Wikipedia should raise the awareness of the issues greatly. But what if you've been spending the past few months watching cat videos or trying to increase your smithing skill in Skyrim so you could build dragon armor? Don't worry, friends, here are some quick videos that should give you an idea of what's going on:
The first video here is being promoted on Reddit's blackout page:
The site also has a great bunch of links offering more details and articles.
Here's another report from the folks at The Attack of the Show:
For a historical perspective on how we got here, this video offers a great explanation of all of the political maneuvering.
Of course, the Taiwanese animators over at Next Media Animation have their own explanation video:
Got any other videos that you've seen that helps explain the issues? Post them in the comments and we'll add them to the list!
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