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SOPA? PIPA? What’s Your Take on Their Impact?

SOPA and PIPA are legislation brought forward by the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives to help fight against online piracy.

There are many points for and many points against this legislation. It’s up to you to figure out where you stand in this whole fight.

We at Crux want to help educate everyone on these issues. Quite a few Major sites will go “BLACK” on January 18th, 2012, to show support against this legislation.

Wikipedia.org,  Corpsman.com,  Reddit.com,  BoingBoing.net ,  WordPress.org,  WordPress.com, and hundreds more sites will go black on the 18th in defiance of this legislation.

PIPA

  • Let’s begin by breaking down the first of the two bills introduced, PIPA. PIPA is an acronym for the Protect IP Act and was first introduced to the U.S. Senate on May 12, 2011, by Senators Patrick Leahy, Orrin Hatch, and Chuck Grassley. It is also good to note that PIPA is a rewritten legislation, the original being the failed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) of 2010.PIPA, if passed, will give  U.S. corporations and the government the right to seek affirmative legal action with any website that they see as enabling copyright infringement, whether of U.S. origin or not. Here is a breakdown of everything they will have the power to do.
  • Force U.S. internet providers to block access to websites deemed as enablers of copyright infringement
  • Seek legal action by suing search engines, blog sites, directories, or any site in general to have the blacklisted sites removed from their website
  • Will be able to force advertising services on infringing websites and those supporting them to remove them from their advertising accounts

Companies will also have the power to sue any new websites that get started after this bill is passed if they believe that they are not doing a good job of preventing infringement on your website

SOPA

  • SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act and is a bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Lamar Smith on October 26, 2011. Similar to PIPA, SOPA is built on previous legislation. This legislation is the PRO-IP Act of 2008.SOPA, if passed, will work in conjunction with PIPA. As described by such entities as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, SOPA is nothing more so than the U.S. government and private corporation’s blacklist. Here is a breakdown of the power given to the government and private corporations.
  • The U.S. Attorney General can now seek a court order that would force search engines, advertisers, DNS providers, servers, and payment processors from having any contact with allegedly infringing websites
  • It will allow private corporations to create personal hit lists of websites breaking their copyright policies. Ironically, this doesn’t have any odd feelings of a legal mafia. These companies can directly contact a website’s payment processors a notice to cut all off payment involvement with the targeted website. This payment processor and website will have five days to act before it is taken down.
  • Payment processors will have the power to block any website they work with as long as they can provide a strong reason for their suspicion that the site is violating copyrights.

It’s essential to understand the consequences of these bills.

You can read more here at wikipedia.org (As long as it’s not January 18th!)

Michele Allen

With over 30 years of design and marketing experience, I founded Crux in 2005, a 360° Creative and Marketing Agency, catering to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profits. Specializing in experiential spaces, museums, brand development, and digital marketing, I excel in crafting memorable experiences while emphasizing the significance of authentic brand communication. I offer expertise in Brand Development, Trade Show Exhibits, Museums, Corporate Spaces, Interactives & VR/AR, and Digital Marketing, committed to tailored support and guidance.