SOPA and PIPA are not what you think

by Chris S
Recently, technology has progressed in a way that the law has not been able to keep up with it. Specifically, the internet has raised a lot of issues regarding problems such as piracy. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act are two bills that politicians are attempting to pass in congress to attempt to prevent online piracy. The problem is, these bills are more than just attempting to prevent online piracy, and instead threaten websites that feature user-generated content. Many websites would be effected negatively such as and One company campaigning to make a stand is Riot Games, who are currently producers of League of Legends, a free online game. The act would affect the game in several ways, one, Streaming of online content would not be allowed and the game thrives on users logging in and streaming data in order to play the game. Second, the websites such as youtube would be at risk of shutting down because they stream content from games such as League of Legends and as well as others. Third, features such as online forums and chat services would be inhibited. Finally, these two acts raise issues regarding free speech and more importantly threaten our basic rights regarding the internet. Any violations would result in hefty fines for companies as well as the individuals breaking them.

These two acts are nice in theory, but in order to prevent online piracy other measures will need to be taken. I feel that attempting to prevent online piracy might be a waste of time, similar to the war on drugs. The DEA has been attempting to win the war on drugs for quite some time now and many can argue that they fighting a war that can’t be won. I feel that the issue with online piracy is the same and that individuals worldwide will find ways to pirate media online and distributed illegally. I feel that our technological rights need to protected and any restrictions placed on it are steps towards totalitarianism. I hope that these two acts do not pass because I would hate to see our rights restricted when it comes to the last place where people can actually express themselves freely.



6 thoughts on “SOPA and PIPA are not what you think”

  1. I totally agree with you! I think other ways to prevent online piracy must be sought. These two bills seem more to prevent users to generate online content. It will put many of us in a position where we can only accept what is up on the web ready to purchase. It seems like a restraint on speech wants to be imposed by inhibiting online forums and chat services. I hope the congress does not pass these bills.

  2. Same with StarCraft 2. Many professional player make a living from streaming but may not be able to do so if this bill passes. GoDaddy was also a supporter until there were boycotts of them, but I would still stay away. Their attitude towards customers was disgusting. So many things are backwards in this country.

  3. Definitely a big topic right now all over the internet. Many sites are already planning a blackout on the 18th in protest of this. I really think they need to find another way to accomplish their goal because what they’re doing will hurt a lot more people than they think.

  4. I can see the why some people would want SOPA and PIPA to pass, but both of these bills are in a way defeats the purpose of Web 2.0 of the users create the contents. Without the users to upload the online contents, the web would not be as useful as it is today.

  5. The idea of SOPA and PIPA was created with all good intentions but there is no need to stop user generated information. All we would be left with is company resources which usually ask for some type of compensation in order to give you the complete information. It just does not seen fair to the common person, we have come so far only to go backwards with these types of bills.

  6. Although I may be mistaken, I believe that companies or law makers might have a misconception about the alarming amount of piracy taking place. A growth in “pirates” may be attributed to a growth in users of the internet, and the amount of content pirated may be attributed to the growth in internet speed. Simply saying, as the internet grows, only a percentage of the additional users will resort to pirating. Because only a percentage of the new internet users result to pirating, direct content delivery companies such as Hulu, Amazon, and Steam have been able to profit and grow as piracy continues to happen. Then again I could be wrong because I don’t have any proof. Just a thought, I guess.

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