Monday, January 23, 2012

I like soup, but this SOPA is nasty.

Since Theodore Boone is regarding the law, I'm going to talk about something in relation to legal legislature.

The government is trying to censor the internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act is an attempt by the government to essentially enforce copyright laws against website originating outside the U.S.. They plan to accomplish this by blocking advertising and requesting removal of the site from search engines, as well as payment sites (Paypal) from doing business with the site. If a site contains copyright material, SOPA is trying to shut it down.

You know all the copyright infringements that occur on Youtube daily?? That means Youtube would be dropped in a heartbeat. We all know that no one can live without Youtube. Dont even get me started on Facebook. Facebook would be taking heat like an oven. It would be shut down. That would probably lead to mass world anarchy or something.

In my opinion, this is just a bad idea. From an economic/political/whatever you wanna call it standpoint, SOPA will give rival production companies the ability to try to shut each other down. Also, if there is an inquisition of all sites granting access to a specific material, then the creator will probably be capable of creating a monopoly when it comes to accessing the content. If you want to see a movie preview, Youtube wont be allowed to have it, so you'll have to go directly to the origin, which means more hassle and strain on finding what you want. A flaw has been noted as well. If a domain name is shut down, it will come back within hours with a different name. Essentially, SOPA is just getting in the way.

From a personal perspective, I cant take SOPA. I need my pirated stuff. I'm not going to pay $1.29 for a song that I can get for free, especially because I'm a 16 year old without an income. You may say that its only $1, but you don't need about 5000 songs like I do. The beauty of the internet is quick, easy, broad, and generally free access to whatever the hell you want. I need that access just like most of the world. I can be having the websites I need getting shut down.

What's your opinion on this SOPA thing???

Here is a link to an article about SOPA

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