SOPA: an attempt at the ultimate ‘Firewall’

SOPA or “Stop Online Piracy Act” is a bill that was introduced to the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011.  This bill, if passed would create a new authority to monitor intellectual property on the internet.  It would make it so the government could bring down punishment on users who stream or “use” creative content without direct permission from the creator.

Supporters of this bill are companies that make their money off of selling copyright including the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Macmillan Publishers,Viacom, and other companies and unions in the cable, movie, and music industries.

Opponents of the bill include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, the Brookings Institution and human rights organizations.
Right now the actual definition of what will be criminalized is very vaguely defined.  Since the bill doesn’t outline who qualifies as a violator of it’s newly defined rules, for me, it makes it hard to support.  Personally it sounds like the great Chinese firewall, where they can take anything offline whenever they want.  In my opinion I think that legislation comes from lobbyists who’s main interest is making money off of those who create.
Here are some recent articles and videos including a dyslexic man talking about the issue:

This article talks about the growing opposition to this bill and how it hopefully could be coming to an end.

This one talks about how one person tries to defend the bill by using a extreme metaphor, calling copyright infringement is the equivalent of child porn.


  1. I’m so glad that video explained soap to me…

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