Blog #7- Anonymous, SOPA, and PIPA

SOPA is also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act. This bill applies to domestic internet sites. PROTECT IP (PIPA) stands for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. This bill applies to foreign internet sites, or basically a site that does not use a domestic domain name. These were brought about because there has been an increasing amount of copyright infringement and piracy on the internet and the government is trying to enforce copyright infringement laws to stop the piracy. These two bills give power to the Attorney General to obtain a court order to take action against a foreign infringing site when the sites are involved in copyright infringement or counterfeit products. Orders would be sent out to remove all links to the foreign site from search engines and U.S. sites. In addition, there could be no more transactions occurring between the site and U.S. customers and customers would be blocked from visiting the site. Sites would have to sensor links to entire domains but this will not be able to completely end piracy. This is because it causes increased restrictions against foreign sites but it does not do anything to stop the actual infringement that is occurring. Even if these bills are passed, I believe that piracy will still exist. A group of people who are part of a culture known as Anonymous had quite the reaction to the proposals to strengthen Intellectual Property laws. They organized attacks on government and business sites by hacking into their sites and destroying their servers. This is an example of how the mentioned bills will not completely stop piracy.

3 thoughts on “Blog #7- Anonymous, SOPA, and PIPA

  1. almerkel

    I agree with you that online piracy is very prevalent, now more than ever with the advanced technology that is available today. The government’s response to these piracy or ‘intellectual property stealing/counterfeiting’ issues being SOPA/PIPA and other legislature that will limit the availability of information to be available via the Internet. One part of SOPA was that if I person was found to be pirating files, that person would be sent to jail for a maximum for 5 years. In many large cities, there are already problems with over crowding in prisons, how is a person who pirated a few files contend with a serial killer? To me, this sounds a little crazy. One major way that the public fought back to show their dislike for the bill is though Anonymous. Their organized attack on government servers was to prove that they are not to be fought with and how they are going to make it hard for the government to pass this type of bill.

  2. champa31

    I agree that piracy will most likely still exist if this legislation passes. How could it not? Online piracy right now is everywhere and there are tens of thousands of sites that people uploaded songs, shows, videos, movies, games, books, etc. that others can torrent. Of course, the government response is SOPA and PIPA as you have mentioned, and no one will really know the damage such legislation could do to the internet unless it passed, but any damage is what should be avoided. Regulation may be necessary however, because companies and artists are getting ripped off if their songs are being placed on the internet for free accessibility and no one is actually paying for them. Whether SOPA and PIPA are the correct forms of action the government needs to take is something that should be discuss. Furthermore, if the feds wanted to chase down people who illegally downloaded items online, it would cost a very large amount of resources.

  3. grabow51

    I thought you summed up Sopa and PIPA very well. I agree that it would not completely end piracy as controlling the Internet would be nearly as difficult as controlling the world. I do, however, think the bill would slow down hackers such as Anonymous and copyright infringers until new ways around the system are found. To better understand this, if the bill were to come into play it could shut down certain foreign sites that allow Anonymous to purchase bonnet power, making it more difficult for anonymous to act. Although groups like Anonymous will find anyway retaliate as they feel there the new bill would curtail online freedoms. Anonymous has a powerful history of taking down the websites such as Sony, the government of Egypt, police officers, and other large organizations. Anonymous has its power in numbers and it is hard to say what they are truly capable of. In the end its hard to say where the battle over the freedom will go or whether a bill such as SOPA will really hold up against those who object.

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