Speech Vs. SOPA- McGill Tribune column

(In which I too, have an opinion on a certain now-dead congressional bill)

“The US House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), began as fairly obscure pieces of legislation. Introduced in October and May of last year respectively, both acts floated under the radar of the news media (and it seems, many congressmen) until last week, when a crescendo of internet-organized opposition led to Wikipedia, reddit, and many other online sites mounting blackouts in protest of the bill. The problems with the twin pieces of legislation have been well documented, from the ability for sites to be essentially wiped off the face of the Internet on the whim of an aggrieved copyright holder, to many others. The two acts, while new as individual pieces of legislation, contain a series of bad ideas that, through industry lobbying, have continually resurfaced. “

Read more here: http://mcgilltribune.com/speech-vs-sopa/ 


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