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This May, I will graduate from college with a degree in Computer Science. I've had a few internships and jobs in the industry, and while it's not always been exciting or glamorous work, it has been interesting and rewarding.

One of the reasons I want to work in this field is that it's so filled with extraordinary possibilities to produce profound, life-altering changes in the way that we do things. Computers have literally changed the way we do business, communicate, shop, seek entertainment, connect, and commute. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Now the RIAA and MPAA are trying to squash out piracy by severally restricting the way that the Internet works. They want to remove domain names of sites that contain copyrighted works, or that link to copyrighted works. For all we know, that could include things like links in the comments section of a blog, or put in a social network user's status update. Services like Twitter, Youtube, Reddit, and Google+ would become unviable, as well as any site that contains content created by people who are not the owners of the site.

Which just happens to be most of the interesting sites and services on the web.

Not only that, but the bill could destabilize the DNS, make the Internet less secure, and force ISPs and search engines jump through hoops to comply with it. All because, according the legislators, the perfectly functional DMCA take down system isn't good enough.

This law could not only squander all the hard work that went into the sites and services of today, but also waste the potential of future ideas that would be nearly impossible to implement without fear of being taken down looming over head. The future ideas that will help keep a generation of Americans, like me, employed.

The kicker to the whole thing is simple, too. This will not help lower piracy rates. Pirates will still find a way to get the content that they want for free. You can't completely kill piracy. You can minimize it, but you can't kill it. And trying to fight piracy using law won't even make a dent in the number of works pirated. Until they stop trying to legislate piracy away, and come up with solutions that will convince people that it is better to buy media than to pirate it, they will continue to wage this misguided war.

If you're an citizen of the United States, please contact your congress-people. Tell them that the Internet, one of the greatest forces for the free flow of ideas and knowledge, is being threatened because an industry can't adapt to the changing expectations of their consumers, and that's just plain ludicrous.

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, please contact your congress-people