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Why SOPA is dangerous, an explanation of the bill

Posted on 2012.01.20 at 13:17
Originally posted by nyxmidnight at Why SOPA is dangerous, an explanation of the bill
Why SOPA is dangerous
To Sum Up
  • 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.


oncelikeshari at 2012-01-20 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
The thing that gets me is, by those rules if I upload an episode of South Park I have commited a crime.

But Matt Stone and Trey Parker have gone on record saying they are totally happy for people to download their stuff for free and would rather people got to see it.

So the person who OWNS the TV show seems to have no say in the matter and people who don't own the material can convict people of a crime.

It just boggles the mind.
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