The Internet is key to the technological age we live in. Right now a bill sitting in the House of Representatives could change the way the Internet runs. The bill is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and it was assembled by a bipartisan group of 12. Representing the bill is Lamar Smith, a republican from Texas. The bill would authorize the Attorney General to seek court orders against any U.S. directed foreign Internet sites committing online piracy to cease and desist from further activities.
In an interview from CNN.com U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Efforts by governments that try to control on line activity in their own countries could be disastrous for Internet freedom.”
Those in favor of SOPA claim that it protects the property market, jobs and revenue, and that it is a key part in the enforcement of copyright laws.
Opponents claim that it violates First Amendment rights and will cripple the Internet.
At school the Internet is one of the most, if not the most, widely used source of information. With SOPA some of the information could be censored, or it could be very hard to get access to them. The United States isn’t the only country taking Internet censorship laws into consideration. The Chinese government already has Internet censorship laws to block sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
“China’s Internet filtering and censorship are causing real economic harm,” according to Ed Black from Forbes.
SOPA is sitting in the house with committee consideration and its Mark-up session held. A vote is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 21. It has been predicted that the House will pass SOPA, yet when it reaches the senate it is likely to be declined.
To find out more information click here.
By Samantha Snow
|Do you think it’s right to download movies or music on line for free? Why or why not?|
|Freshman Connor Hutchinson: “No, movies and music industries should make money off of their products.”|
|Sophomore Andrew Zesiger: “It’d be awesome and convenient but privacy would sky-rocket.”|
|Junior Brian Wiegand:“No because actors and musicians work hard; some may think they don’t, but I think they do.”|
|Senior Andrew Dowd:“Movies no, music yes. Music is over priced, but movies are more appropriately priced.”
By Jeff Kurtz and Katie Quick