SOPA & PIPA: What’s The Deal?
Piracy! Media companies all around the world are trying their very best to try and battle piracy from users. With not much success, SOPA: The Stop Online Piracy Act (House of Reps) and PIPA: Protect IP Act (Senate) come into play. These bills were passed to focus on the websites and sources on the Internet that infringe copyright material. For example, websites like The Pirate Bay allow users to download content that is not authorized from the companies themselves.
Reactions were plenty, with Barack Obama being one of the supporters of the legislation. However there were plenty of outcries in the media against the bills, including many senators opting against it this week. For example, Senator Roy Blunt said on Facebook: “the Protect IP Act is flawed as it stands today, and I cannot support it moving forward.”
For everyone, this basically means the government has the right to block any web content that they see is “committing or facilitation” copyright infringement. Whatever they say goes, and that can cause a lot of commotion. One example is Megaupload, which already has been pulled down. (R.I.P :/)
What do you readers think about these bills? Is this the future as we know it?