“SOPA,is a proposed law (bill) of the United States of America, if made law it would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight on-line trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring on-line advertising networks and payment facilitators from conducting business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would criminalize unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also grants immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement” (Wikipedia, 2012).
I chose to quote Wikipedia because this particular website, along with Google and others, chose to black out their site(s) yesterday in protest to this bill. This was a bold move that swayed two congressmen to retract their support of this bill.
I think that this bill should be geared towards foreign sites that are perpetuating the behaviors outlined in this bill, sanctioning all websites seems extreme to me.
What is your view?