SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Pros and Cons
The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011. The bill, only if made a law, would further expand the ability of the U.S. law enforcement and the copyright holders to fight against online “trafficking” of intellectual property and counterfeited goods.
The main goals of SOPA are to protect from the selling of counterfeit drugs and to protect the intellectual property of content creators (As stated above). If SOPA is put into action and if these goals are achieved it will lead to many, many more job positions being opened up (decreasing the unemployment rate in the U.S.) and it will lead to a better, more stable economy for the U.S. The Impact from this would be huge to user generated sites like YouTube and many sites like Flickr and Vimeo would be likely to shut down if SOPA becomes part of the American law.
Here is basically the brief form of the general Pros and Cons of SOPA.
- Copyright owners have the right to shut down any websites who replicate their content.
- There will be an increase in revenue for businesses because customers will be obligated to buy from the original source.
- The U.S. government will take action towards any complaints regarding piracy and whoever is found guilty will have to pay charges.
- Video streaming, selling counterfeit drugs, selling materials used in the military, and consumer goods will be prohibited and the person(s) found guilty will be penalized.
- Every website will be regulated according to the regulations imposed by the government. Scams and other fraudulent activities will be prevented.
- The American government will have a hard time implementing this “act” as it involves the World Wide Web and there are billions of files to regulate and check.
- It will cost a lot of money to implement.
- People or we as customers will be forced to plow out large amounts of money for the total costs of downloading all music’s, video’s etc…
- Tones of websites will be removed from the World Wide Web and it will cause a lot of destruction in the online world.
- Wikipedia is not active on the day we TALONS have our open computer test on the English Civil War.
- In Terms the bill might not allow payment from credit cards or PayPal over the internet.
- Big internet Companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, AOL, Reddit, Mozilla, LinkedIn, IAC, EBay, PayPal, WordPress and Wikimedia have been considering or committing to an internet black-out on January 18th, 2012 for 24 hours. (Basically just means their sites and programs will not be there, will not function, will be unusable etc…)
To me SOPA couldn’t be of anymore use/convenience than a parachute with a hole in it. But that’s just me. What do you think? Research it yourself while the websites are still around.