Posted by Jonas Klit Nielsen Jan 18th, 2012
SOPA and PIPA are making headlines worldwide. A lot of websites are closed or gone dark as a protest against SOPA bill introduced in Senate. The New York Times even calls it the great “Firewall of US”.
But the question is how does it affect us?
A quick look at SOPA:
- Gives the government the right to unilaterally censor foreign websites.
- Gives copyright holders the right to issue economic takedowns and bring lawsuits against website owners and operators, if those websites have features that make it possible to post infringing content.
- Makes it a felony offense to post a copyrighted song or video.
- SOPA says that a site can be shut down for a single infringing link — even if it’s a link you didn’t post.
How does it affect social media industry?
If the bill gets passed and if by any chance it comes to shutting down Facebook and YouTube even for a day, it will lead to a lot of invested resources lost for brands that have dedicated huge budgets to their social media operations.
Also, while talking about creativity, discussions and relationships on social media, such a bill could limit the content sharing a lot more than preempted right now.
Personally, I feel that people sitting behind closed doors, who might not have an imagination of how the new world works, are not the right ones to make decisions, that can have such drastic implications to both economy and innovation. Such a decision could only mean that they are not focused on the bigger picture and it would be really sad to see an “intelligent” government make such poor decisions for our future.
Well, only to reiterate passing of SOPA in my opinion would be similar to how the world have gone into a global recession because of powerful lobbying by the financial sector and bad governmental foresight.
For mass users:
Mass users might not have taken this seriously and even closing down of Wikipedia for a day might not have caught their attention. But they are sure to realize the far-reaching implications of this bill once it is passed…but can we do anything about it then? ..maybe maybe not !