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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Decision Time

     I firmly believe that any bill put out by governments and councils dealing with Internet piracy will, if passed, censor some aspect of the Internet. The legislators and the agencies at the moment do not have enough knowledge about the way the Internet functions. They don;t realize how inter-connected the Internet is, and how disabling one site has the potential to affect the entire mainframe of the Internet. The Internet has become the largest communication network in the world, and no one should be able to censor it.
     Now, that does not mean that piracy cannot be stopped. The people need to give the governments and legislators more information about how the Internet works, and voice their ideas on how to stop piracy while dodging censorship. Maybe the people can find a way to take care pirating sites, and keep the governments out of it. While these methods may not be as effective at dealing with piracy, they will keep the damaging regulations out of the symbol of world-wide freedom we call the Internet.

ACTA: International SOPA

     In "#ACTA is the SOPA of the WORLD!?" famous internet news show Source Fed, along with its hosts Elliot Morgan and Joe Bereta, argues that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, is worse that the United States' SOPA when it come to freedom of expression. They prove that it i an agreement passed by many nations around the globe, not just the United States. Also, they show that it contains similar vague regulations to those of SOPA and that these rules could suppress human creativity. Finally, they assert that legislators need to find a way to fight Internet piracy and copyright infringement without damaging the freedom of the Internet.

Source Fed. "#ACTA Is the SOPA of the WORLD!?!" YouTube. YouTube, 26 Jan. 2012.
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     Source Fed and the people that work for it are against ACTA. They are also against censorship of the Internet. They make logical and persuasive arguments. They first give the facts and information, and then give their opinions. I agree with them. Piracy is a problem and it needs to be dealt with. However, if it takes regulating and censoring the Internet, the it is not worth it. Censoring the Internet will damage if not kill intellectual freedom, creativity, and expression. This will essentially kill what the bills are trying to protect. There is no point in protecting something that won't exist if protected. There must be a way to leave censorship out of bills before they should even be considered.