Both SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) fight against online piracy and to protect intellectual property. The necessity for these types of legislations has been established with the development of the web and the ability to download and share things online. SOPA and PIPA have been drafted to solve these issues and protect people’s rights. In my opinion, it is possible that programs and legislation can be created to help settle the issues. However, I think there is a better way. These legislations would shut down the whole sites and I think this is unnecessary. The people who are stealing the copyrighted work should be punished but people who have not violated copyright use the same websites as the people who do. There should be a way to pinpoint those who are actually violating copyright laws instead of generalizing to the whole site. If they are able to specifically punish those who are in violation, then it could help protect copyright laws in the future. It would also affect the development of the web because it would change how things can be shared online. People who created it would need to always receive credit from people using their work, so sharing could be more difficult.
Issues with copyright has heated up in political debates and the public eye so different ides have been though of to combat it, which is how these legislations started. Copyright and its relation to the web have developed more issues and people pay attention to them. The legislation has a lot of controversy though. There have been protests on Facebook where people changes their profile picture to show their opinion and articles, like the articles assigned for this week, have been written to express the author’s opinions.