Most of you have probably at least heard the term “SOPA” recently. If you haven’t, its ok, we can still tell you what it is without getting shutdown. Thats right, the Stop Online Piracy Act, while seemingly noble and revolutionary has been just barely missing the 1st amendment with its misguided bullets. So, in order to enlighten the general population and help create an army of well-informed voters, we have compiled a list of things you need to know about SOPA.
20. What sort of legislation is currently in place?
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) passed in 1998 currently offers protection to copyright holders.
15. Why are people opposed to it then?
The detractors expressed concern over the fact that it “puts lawful U.S. Internet and technology companies at risk by creating new liabilities, opening the door for vague new technology mandates, and imposing significant costs on small businesses.”
10. Guilty by association?
Exactly. According to Gigi Sohn, the president of Public Knowledge, anyone “writing about or even linking to a site suspected of containing some infringing content could be subject to legal action.”
5. Doesn’t this take things too far?
Yes, it does, which is why companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, eBay, and Mozilla are threatening to leave the Chamber of Commerce.