Take a stand against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) & Protect IP Act (PIPA) Today!
Posted by Rizz@EasternFront on Jan 18th, 2012
SOPA/PIPA pulled from H.R. and S. for now.
The massive protests on the internet made a difference.
On October 26 of 2011, there was a proposed bill on the United States of America know as Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and it's objective is to give complete power to enforce the copyright laws not only for the U.S. government but also for the Copyrights Holders, meaning that they will cut off anything they consider under "copyright-infringement".
The bill discussion on the congress has being delayed by several months, but it is scheduled to be started in February. In the senate, there's a similar bill known as Protect IP Act (PIPA). The senate version is scheduled to be voted on January 24th. Several big companies have embraced this proposal, waiting the moment it goes law, to start enforcing it. That would bring some serious consequences, but let's start for something small:
This video would become illegal after SOPA becomes law, because you ripped off a movie to add whatever you wanted and that's enough to take actions against it. You may think, they can do whatever they want after all, I'm not living in U.S.A. what I should care? Even if you are not living in that country, if you use host anything that may be tagged as copyright infringement, the service provider will have no other choice rather than removing your stuff and even the Copyright Holders can request all your information from the provider and shall be given. Also if the U.S.A. implement this law, expect other countries in the world to follow.
This goes against the freedom of speech, Piracy is wrong but this is not the correct way to fight against it. Several sites, including Reddit and Wikipedia already set their negative stance about this matter and they call for a Blackout Day, stopping to bring their services for a whole day, to demonstrate how things could be if SOPA actually is approved.
For more about SOPA/PIPA, take a look at this video.