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STOP! Stop Online Piracy Act

Ugh second semester is one great hell and I need to survive this thesis (part 1) first. So I’m officially telling you (readers, if there are any) that I’ll be on a hiatus. So before going hiatus mode, I’ll be blogging once more. This time the topic would be something relevant to me lol.

If you are attending your Ethics class, maybe you have already discussed this. Stop Online Piracy Act is one of the two bills being pushed into the government of the United States right now. Alongside with Protect IP Act or uncommonly known as the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act.

“The Stop Online Piracy Act helps stop the flow of revenue to rogue websites and ensures that the profits from American innovations go to American innovators.”

– Chairman Lamar Smith

The SOPA was introduced last October 26, 2011 by Representative Lamar Smith. It’s focus is to help U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders fight online transmission of restricted intellectual property.

The bill is divided into two Titles with the first focusing on combating “foreign rogue sites”, websites outside U.S. jurisdiction that enable or facilitate copyright infringement, and the second focusing on increased penalties to combat intellectual property theft via digital means.

The first half of this legislation addresses foreign infringing websites, and would make unauthorized streaming a felony. It would remove the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and make social websites that host user content, such as YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook, responsible for ensuring that their users do not post infringing material.

“This bill cannot be fixed; it must be killed,”

– Electronic Frontier Foundation

Supporters of the said act are mostly from the music and movie industry. This is not surprising since they are the one who is pirated the most. As for the opposing side of the bill, it includes internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and Wikimedia Foundation. There are also human rights organizations like Reporters without Borders.

“Is this really what we want to do to the internet? Shut it down every time it doesn’t fit someone’s business model?”

– James Allworth, of Harvard Business Review

Why does the powerful wants to take over the Internet? The Internet is one massive living and breathing community. It survives because no one ever owned or controlled it. No hatin, just sayin lol

What do you think about the issue? Do you think censoring such websites would indeed protect American jobs? Or they are just unconsciously creating a Great Firewall of China of their own?

If you want to be part of the opposition..

Here is Mozilla’s dedicated page for SOPA

You may also want to track this topic on Twitter and the links in Reddit

If you really want to support it, go to this page. It is organized by Electronic Frontier Foundation. I also suggest you to check out their cool infographic. Make sure to hit that like button!

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