Breaking News

SOPA and PIPA Bills Highly Criticized
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Senators and members from the House of Representatives are moving away from two anti-privacy bills that are making their way through Congress right now. The protests of internet giants such as Google and Wikipedia, with Wikipedia shutting down business for one day, goes way beyond the SOPA and PIPA acts. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA stands for Protect Intellectual Property Act.

The SOPA and PIPA acts are meant to cut off access to websites that illegally distribute content that is copyrighted. Critics suggest that the problem is much deeper than it looks. This means that the movie and music industries have not changed with the times quick enough and are hoping that Congress can fix those problems with these two bills.

  
What
Where


“Consumers want easy access to content and many are willing to pay for it – so the onus is on businesses to meet these demands,” says Anjelika Petrochenko, general manager at LiveJournal, a website that hosts online journals, discussion forums and online bloggers.

She says, “SOPA/PIPA legislation is a poorly written excuse for intellectual-property owners to hide their own inability to adapt.”

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released a statement on Wednesday that said:

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




“Websites participating in the blackout are irresponsible and resorting to stunts that punish their users.”

A former U.S. Senator, Chief Executive Chris Dodd, said that the blackouts are an “abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace.”



Critics of the bills are concerned that Congress could wind up damaging internet ventures that try to find innovative methods of distributing content in the digital world.

“SOPA will prevent innovation in order to prevent piracy,” says Vince Leung, cofounder of the website, MentorMob.com.

Leung points out the fact that Napster was closed because of free file sharing. He then points out, “but Apple/iTunes was an innovative and inexpensive way for consumers to purchase music.”

Leung also adds that “the SOPA supporters should think how the business model needs to change with the times.”

The Senate bill, PIPA, has seen senators Marco Rubio (Republican from Florida), Jon Cornyn (Republican from Texas), and Roy Blunt (Republican from Missouri) back away from it.

Senator Rubio wrote on his Facebook page that he has “heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet.”

Deborah Sweeney, the CEO of MyCorporation.com, said that the statement from the MPAA shows that finding a middle ground is going to be difficult, maybe even impossible.

Sweeney went on to say that, “They just have to work together (a nearly impossible feat)…. No one likes piracy, but the potential impact of SOPA is far more broad than the legislators likely anticipated. The two sides are not speaking the same language.”



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience

USA-CA-Oakland

Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business

USA-VA-McLean

McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 4+ years of experience

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks commercial litigation attorney with 4+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Litigation Associate (Junior to Mid-Level) - Medical Malpractice - Garden City, NY

USA-NY-Garden City

Defense firm seeking junior to mid-level associate for Garden City office to fill Medical Malpractic...

Apply now

CIVIL LITIGATION ATTORNEY - Employment

USA-CA-Fresno

Lang, Richert & Patch a Fresno area AV-rated law firm located in the highly desirable Fig Garden Fin...

Apply now

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

USA-TX-Houston

INSURANCE DEFENSE / TRANSPORTATION LITIGATION Law firm located in North Houston seeking an associ...

Apply now

Hotline & Training Managing Attorney (IMMIGRATION)

USA-NY-New York City

Summary: The Hotline & Training Services Managing Attorney will guide, develop, and supervise the Ho...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top