Experts are of the opinion that SOPA and PIPA bills would render Digital Millennium Copyright Act irrelevant
The Wikipedia and other websiteâ€™s blackout continues. For the last more than 15 hours, the websites remain out of reach of most of the people across the world and its impact may be showing on how things work out against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Even the Word Press, the largest online blogging site has remained out of bounds for the visitors who havenâ€™t been able to see the contents on it since the blackout began. Millions of people across the world have protested against the proposed bill that will make life not just difficult for many of the websites, but will make it very easy for government to shut down websites with opposing ideas on the pretext of piracy and copyright violations.
Google too has participated in Anti SOPA protests and has taken a firm stand that this anti-piracy act was actually going to make things difficult for internet companies to survive. At a time, when many of the websites are driven by content created by readers or volunteers, keeping tab on everything that comes on it is really difficult. It takes time to check those materials. But with SOPA in place, any judge will be able to order the closure of the site with immediate effect, without seeking any clarification from the site owners and administrators.
Meanwhile experts across the world have called the legislation as draconian and have said that it was 19th century solution for a twenty-first century problem and that this was going to destroy the free flow of knowledge and information and only biggest news houses and websites controlled by MNCs would survive.
SOPA that is known as PIPA in Senate suffice merely a court order to shut down a website with immediate effect. If a website is not hosted in the US, the advertisement companies would be barred from putting ads on such websites and making payment to them.
The opposition to the Bills has been building for weeks. The opponents of the draconian law say that this would overrule another law that oversees such copyright issues. Digital Millennium Copyright Act has provisions for websites and others that act in good faith in their handling of third-party content on their sites. One thing is certain that the law when passed would allow big corporations to go to the court on whimsical grounds against small news and tech companies on pretext of infringement of copyright.