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Internet censorship debate


I look at the events leading up to the SOPA and PIPA Bill and what people think

I look at the events leading up to the SOPA and PIPA Bill and what people think

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  • 1. Internet Censorship Debate By Alex Bentley & Shaun Sykes
  • 2. What Has started the debate • In 2012 an bill first appeared into the U.S that wanted full Internet censorship and to stop online piracy. • The Bills became known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protection IP Act). • The first stage was when the U.S government brought down Pirate Bay an online movie and music site which pirated and distributed to millions of people.
  • 3. Retaliation • After Pirate Bay going down many people were very angry seeing this as governments taking control of the internet. • Wikipedia along with 7,000 website joined in with online black out protest, due to the demands of the U.S government and some European nations.
  • 4. Internet witch hunt • On January 19, 2012 the site Mega upload in Hong Kong was bought down and owners arrested for copy right infringement. • The online hacker group Anonymous attacked back by shutting down the FBI, US state department website along with entertainment websites which supports the bills.
  • 5. The Revenge of the Internet • After Mega upload YouTube was next in the firing line as hundreds of copyrighted music and films were all over the site, however YouTube do have admin who bring down illegal films from YouTube if they are copyrighted. • Google, Facebook and several other social network site organised a petition to counter the Bill world wide, as the Bill would have just effected America but the whole world.
  • 6. The protest and debates • The online petitions got 7 million people to sign it, along with online companies and social websites. • On the other side entertainment companies supported the Bill because they lose money if all their products are being pirated for free online.
  • 7. Online polls • This is research I have collected form online websites, 12% of people supported with 88% against Censorship.
  • 8. Why is there so much Pirated films and music on the internet • Back before the internet each country had their own laws with copyright, America has a very strong stance with copyright due to Hollywood. • Russia and Eastern Europe don't have copyright laws and so people are free to steal and rip of other peoples work without prosecution. • The internet is one massive interaction communication device where people can go and upload videos from Russia to then be view in the US. With no laws of any nation controlling the net copyrighted materials start to pop up.
  • 9. Aftermath • The Bills was later changed so only American sites operating only in America will be affected. • Film sites like Watch2k have been brought down. • The Bill was changed because it clashed with first amendment freedom of speech. Even though European nations like Poland introduced the Bill but found out that it is impossible to control everything on the internet.
  • 10. Bibliography • pipa-and-why-all-the-fuss/ • • html •