Ever since the Internet began, online piracy has been a big problem with the two biggest casualties being the music industry (RIAA) and the movie industry (MPAA). The Internet made it extremely easy to download whatever people wanted and the music & movie industries responded with copy protection measures, including the infamous and universally hated Digital Rights Management (DRM). Then the music industry started going after people suspected of sharing music resulting in dirty tricks, absurd lawsuit judgments and miscarriages of justice.
Now it seems that the next trick up their sleeve is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which has been introduced to the US Congress as possible legislation. The Bill has its prominent supporters and opposers both inside Congress and outside it, as they argue either the Bill’s benefits or its disadvantages.
Here to lay it all out for you below is an infographic by the www.BusinessInsurance.org. It explains what SOPA is, who supports it, who opposes it and what the advantages and disadvantages of it are. It also tells you what you can do if you want to get involved in the debate.
After looking at the infographic, what are your views on SOPA? Are you for it or against it? Will it protect creativity and innovation, or destroy the freedom of the Internet? Let us know in the comments. Don’t be shy.
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