Uncategorized 10 years ago SOPA
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Welcome to the New Internet
Does the web look a little different today? Perhaps you noticed that Google, Wikipedia,reddit, and several other sites are all trying to get you to put down your mouse, pick up your phone and call your congressmen and express your opposition to some strange bill called SOPA. So what is SOPA? Normally I’d provide you with a Wikipedia link to a well written article describing exactly what SOPA is, but if you’re reading this on 01/18/2012 that link wouldn’t work. Wikipedia is blacked out right now in an attempt to get your attention and show you what very well might happen to them if this bill passes.
What am I talking about? Mashable explains the most far reaching aspect of SOPA:
Any site that allows users to post content is “primarily designed for the purpose of offering services in a manner that enables copyright violation.” The site doesn’t have to be clearly designed for the purpose of copyright violation; it only has to provide functionality that can be used to enable copyright violation.
Mashable goes on to explain what happens to sites accused of violating SOPA. Discussing section 103(b) Mashable states:
Payment providers (section (b)(1)) and ad networks ((b)(2)) are required, upon receiving a claim against a site by a copyright holder (section (4)(A)(i)), to cut off all services to the accused site within five days, unless they receive a counter-notification from the operator of the accused site. Note that there is no requirement that the accused be notified of said accusation, and thus, they would have no opportunity to provide a counter-notice.
In other words, if a copyright holder files a claim alleging Wikipedia, one of the world’s largest collections of user generated content, somewhere… on one of it’s millions of pages… is infringing on their copyright — any payment providers or ad networks that work with Wikipedia will no longer be allowed to serve it. No notice or due process need be provided to Wikipedia.