Lost in Staycation: Bringing SOPA to my Masses

Great, isn’t it? If SOPA  (Stop Online Piracy Act) Bill passes, creative and educational videos like this will no longer be available to the masses.

SOPA aka Protect IP Act were the buzz words earlier this week and SOPA was brought up in the House for debate on Wednesday.

Proponents of the bill say it protects the intellectual property market, including the resultant revenue and jobs, and is necessary to bolster enforcement of copyright laws especially against foreign websites.  Opponents say it is censorship,  that it will “break the internet”, cost jobs, and that it will threaten whistleblowers and other free speech.

The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal  from doing business with the infringing website; barring search engines from linking to such sites and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyprotected content a felony. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement.

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A visual demonstration of what would happen if  SOPA passes the House:

I do love my interwebs, since I had the time and awareness to do something, I did.

I wrote my reps via Electronic Frontier Foundation and got this response from Pat Toomey (R-PA):

November 17, 2011

Dear Anna,

Thank you for contacting me about intellectual property protection and copyright infringement. I appreciate hearing from you.

I understand your concerns about expanding intellectual property protection and value your input on S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. As you may know, Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) introduced this bill on May 12, 2011. Among its provisions, this measure would allow the U.S. Attorney General or qualifying plaintiffs to pursue legal action against registrants, owners, or operators of nondomestic Internet sites that infringe upon intellectual property rights.

It may also interest you to know that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation (S. 978) concerning copyright infringement on May 12, 2011. Among its provisions, this measure would increase the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright.

I understand your concerns regarding these issues and value your input. S. 968 and S. 978 currently await consideration by the full Senate. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as work continues on these important issues.

Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Signature

Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

He basically assures me nothing, other than “I’ve heard what you have to say”. At least he knows how I feel. Which is what I wanted.

It’s vital to keep the internet “broken” as they say, to allow an area for the free flow of ideas and expression.

Contact your reps or you can link to HERE as well.

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