The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was first introduced on October 26, 2011. It’s a bill that can change the internet as we know it. On the outside, it looks like something we can support. If the bill passes, corporations would have the power to sue sites for having illegal content or links that leads to illegal content, and cut off funds from infringing site.
The reality is that the wording in the bill is so vague, it can give corporations too much power. They can sue/take down social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and user content site YouTube because of linking to or uploading infringing content. Not only are they liable for content they put up, but they’re also liable for what users post too. As for users, they could end up in jail for uploading videos of themselves singing their favorite pop or rock song.
As a site that covers movie and video game news, it’s already known that the MPAA isn’t a favorite amongst many, but to have the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) support the bill is like a stab in the back. The ESA has called upon the gaming community to help fight for freedom of speech using the Videogame Voters Network. Now that the internet is in danger of becoming more restricted, the organization has turned its back on the community. The ESA contains members including Eidos Interactive (Tomb Raider, Deus Ex), EA (Battlefield 3), Capcom (Marvel vs. Capcom series, Street Fighter series), Epic Games (Gears of War series), Konami (Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill), Microsoft (Halo), Nintendo (Mario), Sega (Sonic), THQ (Saints Row: The Third), Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed) and more.
GoDaddy, hosting and registrar giant, initially supported SOPA, but has pull out ever since they lost over 72,000 domains in less than a week after the announcement that it supported SOPA.
Sony has recently backed off its support for SOPA, probably due to the fear that Anonymous was going to hack it again (the PSN attack was quite a doozy).
Sure, SOPA may look good on the outside, but if it’s passed, it’ll most likely cause damage to the internet community and threatens protection of censorship of the First Amendment.
Here’s the list of companies against SOPA:
- The Huffington Post
And here’s the list of SOPA supporters
- Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
- EMI Music Publishing
- Entertainment Software Association
- Major League Baseball
- Marvel Entertainment, LLC
- MasterCard Worldwide
- Motion Picture Association of America
- National Cable & Telecommunications Association
- National Football League
- News Corporation
- Random House
- Scholastic, Inc.
- Sony/ATV Music Publishing
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Time Warner
- Universal Music
- Universal Music Publishing Group
- Visa Inc.
- Warner Music Group