Why SOPA is a Bad Idea – Clay Shirky from TED Explains Why

You need to act if you believe in the freedom of the internet and believe the Government Image from businessreviewcanada.cashould not have the power to censor what you read. Even though I am in Canada writing this blog the new Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA can reach out and cut my blog off without providing any evidence that I have contravened a U.S. copyright law. Then it is up to me to prove that my blog did not infringe on a copyright.

This video will take 15 minutes to watch, but at the end you can make an informed decision and decide if you are going to add to my voice against SOPA.

I agree that we need to protect intellectual-property and the jobs and revenues that go along with it. I also understand we need to bolster enforcement of copyright laws, especially against foreign websites, but the fallout from SOPA can have unforeseen consequences even to us simple creators and sharers of content.

How Does SOPA Propose to Work?

From Wikipedia (I hope I do not get shut down for sharing this content”

The bill establishes a two-step process for intellectual property-rights holders to seek relief if they have been harmed by a site dedicated to infringement. The rights holder must first notify, in writing, related payment facilitators and ad networks of the identity of the website, who, in turn, must then forward that notification and suspend services to that identified website, unless that site provides a counter notification explaining how it is not in violation. The rights holder can then sue for limited injunctive relief against the site operator, if such a counter notification is provided, or if the payment or advertising services fail to suspend service in the absence of a counter notification.

The second section covers penalties for streaming video and for selling counterfeit drugs, military materials or consumer goods. The bill would increase penalties and expand copyright offenses to include unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content and other intellectual property offenses. The bill would criminalize unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months.

If you are in the U.S. call your Congressman or call your Senator and tell them to focus on jobs, housing and the economy.

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