Welcome back faithful visitors and if you don’t mind I’d like to get political once again (and I still promise, this won’t be often). SOPA (a.k.a. the “Stop Online Piracy Act” – and we can include PIPA a.k.a. “Protect Intellectual Property Act”), while in good faith and the concept is an easy one to follow, like many bills the government does not make it easy for the public to see the true power of the bill – take the “Anti Phishing Consumer Protection Act” (which would allow companies to trademark generic terms, then force (though a court case) owners of those generic domains over to the companies and then sue the owner for what they feel (not actually) lost in lost business over the entire time that person owned the domain).
First, DogActors.com is against piracy. If you want entertainment then you should pay for it and help support those who make it (though DVD sales, watching commercials, movie tickets, etc.). We also support copyright laws as well as “fair use” laws.
SOPA is a very potent and powerful piece of legislation and would do very little to stop online piracy. For example, say Joe had a forum and someone posted a link to a YouTube video on the forum. The law enforcement could come in, without warning, and shut down the forum (indefinitely) as well as YouTube and Google (since Google owns YouTube now). If there is a pirate site up, if Google doesn’t do enough to “block them” (and considering the internet was designed to go around damage, it would be nearly impossible to completely block them) then the government could shut down Google, indefinitely. SOPA would give law enforcement too much power over the internet.
SOPA is also a redundant law, meaning that there are already laws that cover what SOPA covers. Piracy is considered stealing (which is illegal). Copyright laws do not allow you to distribute copies of copyrighted materials without their express permission (some exceptions do exist, like for educational purposes, as long as the materials are destroyed when the training is done).
Redundant laws and too much power to corporations – why is this bill even being considered since our government is “for the people, by the people” not “for the corporation, by the corporation”?