Are Ant-Piracy bills like SOPA and ACTA necessary for the protection if intellectual property or violations of freedom of speech and expression?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Introduction

     The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), SOPA's Senate version, have been circulating through the media lately. I'm sure most everyone heard about the blackouts that sprang up across many important Internet sites, like Wikipedia, in protest of the bills. And now the bills have been sent back to the drawing boards for remodeling, postponing the decision for them to be put into law or not. The Justice Department has been allowed to find illegally attained copyrighted material on United Sates based websites and seized the properties of those sites for many years.The SOPA bill would allow the Justice Department to force shutdowns of foreign based websites that allowed illegal use of copyrighted content. The bill also allows the JD to force IPS Providers (those who provide the Internet connections such as AT&T, Verizon, etc.) to block certain sites that they have deemed to contain illegal content. The parameters to deem sites illegal are the main topics of debate. Over the next few weeks I will find and post articles and media that give their view of the bills, for or against, and why they choose those sides.

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