Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Is SOPA going to pass? What is the OPEN Act? 2012

Part of the SOPA Series

The internet may have been able to stop SOPA from being passed. But now the government is discussing the OPEN act. The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act). The OPEN Act is essentially a compromise that the government put in place, and is supported by big names Google and Facebook. What happens instead of restricting the entire internet, is, companies would have injunctions sent to the funders of piracy-promoting websites. From there, legal action would require companies like MasterCard, Visa, or PayPal to deny further service to the website in question. The goal is that, without funding available, piracy websites will slowly lose interest and die off.

I like this OPEN Act because it is a complete failure to recognize the power of the internet. It is saying, "Lets cut off their primary source of funding. That will stop them." When in reality, communities will not be stopped that easily. Darrell Issa claims that this will stop over 95% of online piracy. A bit optimistic, congressman.

You can view the list of sites protesting SOPA on January 18 here.

Click here to read the entire bill:
Or view on Wikipedia


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