Key Players US House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee House Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) US Senate, Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Details of SOPA & PIPAAllows US Department of Justice and copyrightholders to seek out court orders against websitesaccused of copyright infringement.Bars Online Ad Networks and Payment Networksfrom doing business with the accusedBars Search Engines from linking to the accusedRequires ISPs to block websites of the accusedMakes unauthorized streaming of copyrightedmaterial a crimeMaximum penalty of five years in prison for 10infringements in 6 monthsImmunity to ISPs who voluntarily take actionagainst websites that are known for infringementsCopyright holders liable for damages if theyknowingly misrepresent a website
Proponents ofSOPA/PIPA55 Supporters in Congress 124 Companies and Organizations • Sony Music Entertainment Blumenthal • Viacom Lieberman • ABC McCain • NBCUniversalPast Presidents • Ford Motor Company W. Bush • Nike • Revlon Clinton • L’Oreal
Main Arguments Protects intellectual property rights of content creators• Protects American economy and creates American jobs• Protection against counterfeit drugs
Opponents ofSOPA/PIPA205 Opponents in Congress 168 Companies and Organizations • Google Bachmann • Facebook Pelosi • Twitter Paul • MicrosoftCurrent President • Reddit Obama • Yahoo! • eBay • Pay Pal
Main ArgumentsUnconstitutional, and Infringes on Freedom of SpeechInhibits the open development of the InternetSupersedes the Digital Millennial Copyright Act of 2010
Current StatusBoth SOPA & PIPA have been put on holdWe will see them again....soon!
Questions to PonderWhat is more important - the open development of the webor the protection of content?Can you think of a middle ground between website ownersand content creators?How will new copyright infringement laws, like SOPA andPIPA, impact your personal life and/or future career?
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