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Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA and PIPA - Censorship for the 21st Century


katelyn_whannell said...

There is so much controversy surrounding the SOPA and PIPA bills. Both sides make valid arguments as to why they are right. Those who are for the bills ultimately want to target foreign websites that infringe copyrighted material. Those who are against the bills say they are too vague in nature and threaten to shut down websites that can be falsely accused of "committing or facilitating" copyright infringement.
After reading and hearing about both arguments I would have to side with those who are against these bills. I don't believe its fair to pass any bills that are vague in their exact intents. Vagueness can lead to loopholes and those can harm website companies unable to help themselves. Websites that are intended to give information to the people can be falsely accused of copyright infringment. Instead of helping the companies that are losing millions in copyrighted material, they can shut down sites only wanting to help the public.
I like the intentions behind these bills but I believe they need to go back to the drawing board and make these bills much more detailed and specific on their exact intents so these loopholes won't happen.

Stacey said...

Since at least thirty five law makers are already stopping their support of the bills this makes me think that they are not a good idea, even if their intentions are good. The purpose of the bills sounds like a great idea since piracy is such a problem on the internet, but if the bills allow more sites to be shut down than just the illegal ones then they are hurting innocent people in the process of trying to protect others. Jimmy Wales the Wikipedia Co-founder points out that his site could be censored because they would not be allowed to link to certain sites that were deemed illegal, even if they were not promoting these sites but just informing people about them and giving them the opportunity to check them out for themselves. I think that the bills need to be looked over and changed so that they are more detailed in their intent and can be more effective and less harmful that way.

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Lyubov Kravtsov said...

I find that government censorship of any kind is wrong. The young man in the video stated that the U.S. is setting a bad example by trying to pass censorship laws. America goes into other countries and condemns censorship and yet when it comes down to it, America almost goes down to same level as the other countries. What happened to freedom? What happened to listening to the people? The people should definitely have a say and vote for the outcome of these bills.

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Nicole said...

Both sides make extremely valid points to what they believe, however, I think they need to be more specific on what sites the bills will cover. Obviously they’re not that clear if Wikipedia and other sites “went black” because they were worried, and needed to make a point. I thought their debate about whether or not the bills focused on censorship was funny because there were extremely different views. I think they need to lay out exactly what will be covered so that there isn’t any confusion and people can make educated decisions on where these bills will go. The people should certainly have a say in what happens with these bills, AFTER they clear up what exactly these bills cover and will do. I personally don’t care what other countries in Europe are doing and I don’t believe just because one country is doing something, doesn’t mean we should or need to. Maybe they should see what the people think is needed and right a bill on what the people want.

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