What: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) aims to stop online piracy.
Who the SOPA is targeting:
1. Websites that upload or act as a platform for the selling or sharing of copyrighted material illegally
2. Strongly focusing on offshore, foreign domain names (websites) not ending in .com, .org, or .net
Controversy: protecting copyright vs. internet security & possible stifling of innovation.
Where they are at now:
Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas held off voting to press in on issues that may arise with the Internet’s core infrastructure if this act is passed.
The vote has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 21st.
If the act had been passed and was in affect now, I wonder what would be happening in the case: Megaupload vs. Universal.
MegaUpload created a promotional video, claiming that they had acquired all the rights prior to launching it on YouTube, but Universal Music Group doesn’t seem convinced and had their clip removed charging them of infringement— how would the SOPA deal with this?
Universal (the “content owner”) would have all the power and MegaUpload would be shutdown without trials, it’s as simple as that…
What do you think?