New Android App Lets Users Identify Brands That Support SOPA
Smartphone scanning technology gives customers an easy way to identify items that are produced by companies that support the controversial piece of legislation.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill introduced by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, is threatening to dramatically change how content is shared and displayed on the internet. Now there is an easy way for opponents to protest the bill. A new Android app, Boycott SOPA, lets users scan bar codes to see if a product’s manufacturer/publisher supports SOPA. If they do, a big red ‘X’ will show up, as opposed to the green check mark that appears if the publisher or manufacturer is against the bill. Customers may discover that most books, CDs, movies and games–products that are copyrighted –will show the red ‘X.’