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

January 18, 2012: Everything Went Dark

     In "No SOPA blackout? We know who you are," Mark Gibbs argues that in order to produce a crushing blow to the SOPA and PIPA legislations, all major Internet sites must go dark at once, not just some. He shows that even though some major sites, like WIkipedia and Reddit, went dark, the major sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and AOL did not go dark, which hurt the protest. Also, Gibbs suggests that merely making a banner to go across the top of the site or blacking-out the name of the site do not provide enough power to sway a person to speak out against the bills. Finally, he shows how the lack of full blackout from major sites like Google and Facebook allowed enough controversy for the ally of SOPA, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to argue that the blackouts were a publicity stunt and a means of attracting more users and cash flow.

     "No SOPA blackout? We know who you are." Network World 20 Jan. 2012: 44. Gale Power

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     Gibbs is obviously against SOPA and PIPA. He calls for more protest against the bills than what has been given. I agree with him that more protest is needed, like another blackout date with more sites going dark. However, I believe sites like Google should keep most of their content up and running. Search engines like Google are used too much in everyday life to go down for a day. They are also used for emergencies, so they should not shut down their features that help in those situations. However, to put SOPA and PIPA down for good, there needs to be more protesting and a larger single event.


     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.