Some Almost Internet Censorship Laws You Should be Aware OfPosted: November 30, 2011
There are two laws being tossed about in Congress that could effectively give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans’ access to sites that are merely ACCUSED of copyright infringement. A suit would be available AFTER the site is blacklisted and your Internet Service provider, (ISP), such as Comcast, AT&T, or others was notified and had already blocked your access. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) might force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users’ contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
For a useful summary read the Washington Post article, SOPA’s ugly message to the world about America and internet Innovation
Yes, we all believe copyright infringement is bad. But, is censorship the most appropriate way to assure content is not shared illegally? YouTube and FB and other sites provide for sharing of much content that is not in violation of our copyright laws. And, some people fear that there is little in the law to prevent people from making false accusations in order to block people’s access to valid information that the executive branch of our government would perfer people not have. Consider a site like “Alecexposed.com”.
Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, has been steadfast in his opposition. He is joined by many high tech and silicon valley companies such as Google, Facebook, Zynga, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Reddit.
CreativeAmerica describes itself as a “grassroots” organization supporting the legislation. But it is supported by a coalition of major entertainment unions, guilds, studios, and networks. This includes the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, CBS Corporation, the Directors Guild of America, IATSE International, NBC Universal, the Screen Actors Guild, Sony Pictures Entertainmnet Inc., Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, the Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.