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How Far is Too Far in Enforcing Copyrights on the internet?: SOPA, It's Precedents & Implications
"SOPA, introduced Oct. 26, would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders to stop online ad networks and payment processors from doing business with foreign websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement.
The DOJ-requested court orders could also bar search engines from linking to the allegedly infringing sites and order domain name registrars to take down the websites and Internet service providers to block subscriber access to the sites accused of infringing
"This is a bill that would eviscerate the predictable legal environment created by the DMCA, subjecting online innovators to a new era of uncertainty and risk," said David Sohn, senior policy counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. "It would force pervasive scrutiny and surveillance of Internet users' online activities. It would chill the growth of social media and conscript every online platform into a new role as content police”
Copyright Infringements have been at issue since the birth of the internet and social networking. Music Companies, Pharmaceutical Co's and others claim losses of $135 billion per year.
SOPA, already introduced and on the floor places responsibility with service providers, eg. You Tube could be closed down for a family video positing of a two year old singing a copyrighted song.
What responsibility should internet providers and search engines like google have for any user generated illegal content ( ege child pornography)?
Should the same level of action apply to any illegal user content?
What about the "deep pockets" issue? Is it reasonable to hold corporations responsible for the acts of individuals who are not their agents or employees? Is that like suing the company that made the knife for its use in a murder?
What responsbilities do we have as users who want a free open and uncensored internet to copyright law?