The Internet Wins And SOPA And PIPA Are Dead
SOPA and PIPA are dead. Well maybe not dead, but indefinitely postponed. Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of up rage online over SOPA and PIPA that were being discussed in the Senate and House of Representatives in the US. On January 18th, many websites shut down for a day in protest of SOPA. There were many petitions, and what to do to oppose these two bills. Even with all this opposition, many politicians still wanted to pass both the laws. Finally, both Senator Harry Reid and Representative Lamar Smith both issued statements to say that both PIPA and SOPA are indefinitely postponed.
SOPA And PIPA Are Dead, What Are They?
Both bills are aimed at stopping piracy online. However, the way they are going about stopping piracy is by using censorship. One way that these laws would censor the internet is by holding websites responsible for hosting any copyrighted material.
Many sites today operate under what is called Safe Harbor, especially sites that allow users to post things. This means that the website is not responsible for what its users post. If someone posts something to Youtube that is copyrighted, usually the video is taken down or music removed from a video once Youtube is notified of the copyright infringement. Maybe the user is banned, but Youtube is not held responsible for the users’ actions.
With SOPA and PIPA, Youtube would be held responsible for any copyrighted material uploaded. The scary part is there needs to be no proof, just the accusation of hosting copyrighted material can result in Domaing Name System block (DNS Block, more on that later) or legal action. This would require many websites to censor highly or moderate their websites to keep users from posting copyrighted material.
This would be costly and any website that depended on user created content like Facebook and Youtube, would probably eventually have to shut down.
The most controversial part of the bill is what is called DNS blocking. To understand DNS in a very basic level is each website has an IP Address. This is a bunch of numbers like 22.214.171.124. Since most people cannot remember the numbers DNS allows for words to be used for the address.
So for example you can go to youtube by entering youtube.com in the web address space, but if you know the youtube’s IP address, you can enter the number for the IP address and get to Youtube also. What DNS blocking would do is block (in our example) youtube.com. However, you can still go to Youtube if you know the IP address. There are some plugging currently that allow users to do this already.
Beyond all the technical stuff, both bills would impede on freedom of speech. As mentioned earlier, a company could easily claim copyright violation for any negative remark about the company. If the website does not remove it, the website faces being shutdown or facing legal issues.
SOPA and PIPA Are Dead, Really?
Both bills have been delayed indefinitely, and it seems that both SOPA and PIPA are dead at the moment. This was the easy part.
Now it is hard part of this. The entertainment industry gives a lot of money to politicians for campaigns, and are very influential in Washington DC. So it is inevitable that SOPA and PIPA will appear again in the future, but under a different name and probably different provisions.
SOPA and PIPA are just the latest attempt of the entertainment industry to keep everyone as consumers. This will continue so it is essential to stay up to date on what the politicians, and the entertainment industry is trying to do in the name of copyrighted material. There is a lot going on even with SOPA and PIPA being dead.
Just recently around 300 websites were shut down by the Department Of Justice because of selling unauthorized NFL merchandize, and some sites were just linking to sites that stream sporting events. Just after the defeat of SOPA and PIPA, the owner of MegaUpload and others were arrested in New Zealand. In Britain, the US is trying to extradite a British college student to face fines and jail time in the US because he linked to copyrighted material. By the way, what he was doing is not illegal in the UK.
All of this was without SOPA or PIPA. So, stay up to date on this. Do not be afraid to contact your representative and express your concerns on these issues, even though at the moment SOPA and PIPA are dead.
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