SOPA, also known as “Stop Online Piracy Act“, was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by technically illiterate politicians. The main goal was to allow copyright holders and the Department of Justice to seek court orders against infringers for copyrighted material. Its goal is to protect intellectual property. Supporters for this include the RIAA (surprise!!!) and broadcast and TV companies such as NBC and ABC.
How this act aims to work is let’s say you have a Youtube video with some copyrighted material. You are allowed a finite number of views before it’s deemed by agencies that you have infringed on copyrighted material. When that happens, you could potentially be responsible for taking away thousands of dollars from the rightful owner and would be subjected to some major bills. Major sites such as Youtube would also be responsible for hosting copyrighted material and may be taken offline. This would also include Facebook (for letting people post copyrighted material), Google (for providing links to copyrighted material in the search results), Ebay (for providing sales to copyrighted material), and a slew of other tech companies that have some direct or indirect involvement.
So exactly what benefits does SOPA provide for America’s growth?