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SOPA - so what was that all about then?

19th January 2012
Categories: copyright

After some of the backers of SOPA, the proposed anti-piracy legislation, have withdrawn their support, it looks like a victory for internet democracy, but given our posts on copyright, what's the opinion at Oxford Web?

The problem many people have with the proposed legislation, including creators of original content who have had their content "pirated", is that it is too broad and far-reaching.

The obvious aim of the legislation would be to prevent people from damaging the income streams which rightly belong to original artists - be they writers, songwriters, singers, film-makers, graphic artists, etc. 

The problem with the proposed legislation being far-reaching is that if I create original content but my website happens to host a picture from another site, there is a worry that my website could be shut down (by the US government) without proper process.

It's a difficult area, but I have big problems with America setting themselves up as World Police, Judge and Jury.  So do I believe that if SOPA is dropped, it will be a good thing.


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