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    Close look at SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act - bad law on (c)

    http://futureoftheinternet.org/reading-sopa

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being debated.
    It is really a bad piece of law that will have impact on all of us.

    According to its advocates, SOPA will strengthen copyright in the United States by establishing a number of public and private tools to hinder infringement by international “rogue” sites previously unreachable by U.S. law. The Act also includes a number of independent provisions targeting the sale and dissemination of prescription drugs and military materials and equipment.
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    Conclusion

    Others have weighed in on why SOPA makes for poor public policy and is an ill-considered technical intervention. In this paper we’ve hewed closely to simply reviewing it as legal doctrine. On those terms, its vague language and undue granting of law-like powers to private parties without sufficient public protections make it worthy of a firm “no” vote. SOPA is both overly strong and overly broad; overly strong in the collection of remedies provided, and overly broad for the problems it is attempting to take on.
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    Kym, are you for or against this??

    as a digital artist and photographer, isnt it in our rights to protect what we labour over?
    over the years i have seen hundreds of my images ripped off my website and used in all forms of media advertising...

    i agree that this law seems a little harsh... but we do need protection...

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    I'm generally pro ©, but against dumb laws that over restrict the 'net and potentially free speech.

    I'm against the current © author's life + 70 which goes against the intent of ©.
    © law (and Patent law for that matter) are supposed to be limited protection but then they open up for the betterment of society.

    SOPA is a bad law driven by people / corporations not willing to adapt to a new market and technology.

    Similarly the bleating from Gerry Harvey re: internet sales and GST - he needs his business to adapt.

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    i see...

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    SOPA won't stop your images being ripped off - it will just help stifle free speech on the internet (at least with any US based or hosted site.)

    The current DMCA offers takedown procedures where there is a right of reply. SOPA instead gives the allegedly aggrieved the opportunity to effectively shutdown the site without recourse or a court hearing.

    Bad law.
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