SOPA is dead - The Internet is Free

5 years ago

This past days/weeks, people and major websites have been concerned and protesting against SOPA and the new laws that were going to be presented to stop piracy and copyright violation, which would change the internet as we know it.

After protests and critics, we can all rest for now as SOPA was delayed an is not going to be presented or applied now.
The chief sponsor of SOPA has made the following statement informing this(quoted from the source):

We need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products. The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60% of U.S. exports.

The theft of Americas intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.

The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store. It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online.

The Committee will continue work with copyright owners, Internet companies, financial institutions to develop proposals that combat online piracy and protect Americas intellectual property.

We welcome input from all organizations and individuals who have an honest difference of opinion about how best to address this widespread problem. The Committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.

Long story short, we can rest for now and with so much controversy, i don`t see it being applied soon but they will probably say it was just delayed to keep people scared.

<strong>Were you also against SOPA? Do you think the internet should keep being "free" as it is now or it should be more "censored" because of copyrights?</strong>

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