I’d like to add support to the STOP SOPA campaigns, for example the one on Facebook. This is URGENT – the internet could be crippled because of this new law, and not just for content pirates (in fact, much less for pirates than for average people doing legal things on the net):
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is an ineffective, and unconstitutional act which is being actively pushed through congress by the entertainment industry. (RIAA, MPAA, etc etc). They claim that the tools currently available are not effective enough to fight Intellectual Property and Trademark infringement, and they need this law “to provide more jobs” and various other good causes. The problem with this act is that it has several major side effects which have been downplayed by its backers (like the death of the internet).
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261, is a bill (law) that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for 10 pieces of music or movies within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement.
Proponents of the bill say it protects the intellectual property market and corresponding industry, jobs and revenue, and is necessary to bolster enforcement of copyright laws especially against foreign websites. Opponents say that it infringes on First Amendment rights, is Internet censorship, will cripple the Internet, and will threaten whistle-blowing and other free speech.
The House Judiciary Committee held hearings on SOPA on November 16 and December 15, 2011. The Committee is scheduled to continue debate when Congress returns from its winter recess.
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