Jan 19, 2012

SOPA & PIPA: Online Copyright Laws for American

The two terminologies are stand for “stop online piracy act” and “protect internet product act” respectively. It is a bill presented by United States House of Representatives. Behind this the logics are as: stoppage by law of online piracy and protecting the intellectual property of Americans, Saving of online revenues that are going to the foreign parties and above all enlarging of Americans’ job spectrum”.
The consequences of these two laws on other parties would be as: America may face the copyright court case too in other countries. According to Harvard University professor said that the law itself is against the United States Constitution 1st Amendment which is as “The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances”. It is an attack on one’s freedom of speech as far as openness and sharing of information is concerned.
All people around the world are quite upset because of threats to their businesses. In the bill it is clearly stated as USA property theft of contents. And pursue to ban transactions and payments on those sites who are promoting such illegal activities by companies like Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Skrill and other brands. But the fact is that these are generating more a kind of negative publicity. And many congressmen are going to drop their names from it due to the negative sentiments it is propagating. The major opponents of the bill comprises of free speech advocates, civil rights groups and tech companies.
SOPA and PIPA supporters are only those companies belong to USA and are attached with the field of record labels, TV networks, movie studios, and book publishers. The other fact is that not only foreign parties are doing piracy, USA also involves in pirating content from other foreign sites. The supporters of SOPA and PIPA believe that forcing Internet Service Providers, search engines, web hosts and users to take accountability for infringing attitude will put a stop to the infringement. This is narrow-sightedness and misconception.
Although, major issues are of piracy and copyright infringement and they needs to be addressed immediately. But these laws do not do anything to resolve the problem. Perhaps these SOPA and PIPA supporters should focus on initiatives like make improvements in the content delivery.

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