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19 January 2012 @ 07:58 pm
Why SOPA is dangerous, an explanation of the bill  
Originally posted by nyxmidnight at Why SOPA is dangerous, an explanation of the bill
Why SOPA is dangerous
To Sum Up
SOPA:
  • Gives the government the right to unilaterally censor foreign websites.
  • Gives copyright holders the right to issue economic takedowns and bring lawsuits against website owners and operators, if those websites have features that make it possible to post infringing content. [A comment feature is enough.]
  • Makes it a felony offense to post a copyrighted song or video.

This bill turns us all into criminals. If it passes, then you either stop using the Internet, or you simply hope that you never end up in the crosshairs, because if you’re targeted, you will be destroyed by this bill. You don’t have to be a big, mean, nasty criminal — common Internet usage is effectively criminalized under this law. This bill will kill American innovation and development of the Internet, as it will become too risky to do anything of value. It is toxic and dangerous, and should not, under any circumstances, be supported.


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moffel83moffel83 on January 20th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
That bill is scary:(

Over here there was an idea for quite a similar bill, only that it wasn't about copyright infringement but about child pornography. So if a site (or a user on a site) posts child pornography (videos, pictures, links) the government can shut down that site.

That bill never got past its first stages because there was a huge outcry of people complaining about censorship and the dangers of the government having a right to close any site and in the end the government let go of the idea and nowadays the government can just go and delete the pornographic content, but can't shut down the whole site.

Maybe that would be an idea as well? If someone posts something that infringes copyright, maybe that can be taken down without shutting down the whole homepage and making it impossible for people to access it...
lijahlover: Woman with a purple umberellalijahlover on January 21st, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
It is disturbing and scary, lets hope this wont pass.
moffel83moffel83 on January 21st, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Hasn't Obama already said that he would veto it and wouldn't sign it?
lijahloverlijahlover on January 22nd, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
I haven't heard that but you could be right.
moffel83moffel83 on January 22nd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
It was all over German news last week that he wouldn't sign it...apparently there was an official press release from the White House or something.
lijahloverlijahlover on January 22nd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that I feel relieved.
moffel83moffel83 on January 22nd, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!