The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (SOPA and PIPA) Have been getting more and more criticized by people and online information empires such as Google and Wikipedia . Why are people so upset about something that ends piracy on the Internet? read more to find out then complete our poll.
The SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate) bills will alow the US government to control block people from going to websites that violate copyright laws. Another thing the bills say is that anyone doing business with a company based in the united states immediately stop. Although the House and Senate bills are similar, SOPA is the more extreme of the two. It defines a “foreign infringing site” as any site that is “committing or facilitating” copyright infringement, whereas PIPA is limited to sites with “no significant use other than” copyright infringement.
People against SOPA and PIPA say that the legislature can not weed out false accusations of copy right violations. “The provisions in the bill grant immunity to payment processors and ad networks that cut off sites based on a reasonable belief of infringement, so even if claims turn out to be false, only the site suffers.”tthe Electronic Frontier Foundation argues “The standard for immunity is incredibly low and the potential for abuse is off the charts.”
SOPA and PIPA supporters argue that prophecies of a broken Internet are overblown. Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, writes that SOPA clearly defines infringing sites based on Supreme Court holdings and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and requires rights holders to follow a strict set of rules when trying to get payment cut off to an infringing site. False claims, Sherman argues, “can result in damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees.”