Sunday, 15 January 2012

“SOPA” – Stop Online Piracy Act

“Up! with Chris Hayes” segment on SOPA

I must admit, I’m still not entirely clear on what the issue is over this legislation, or why there’s so much push-back from a really diverse swathe of the American political and celebrity ranks. It is this push-back that’s of particular interest to me..

If what Rick Cotton says is correct – if this legislation targets only those foreign (i.e. non-US) websites who are “wholesale” devoted to peddling IPR-infringed content (for example, Pirate Bay) – then how is this a bad idea?

Cotton is very clear about who the legislation is targeted against, which leads me to suggest that there’s a little bit of shrill exaggeration coming from people who oppose the bill (born from the “any attempt to legislate anything on the internet is evil” reaction), and maybe also opposition bred from the fact that Rupert Murdoch is pro-SOPA. It seems very strange that there’s so much push-back for a bill that does, apparently, explicitly state that it’s only targeting foreign websites wholesale-devoted to the distribution of copyright-infringed data.

What have I missed?

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