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SOPA & PIPA, for or against it ?
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80 / M / Oslo Norway
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Posted 1/20/12
I really think this is a giant step in the wrong direction.
I'm not TOTALLY against it, but they needd to moderate thinngs a little and melllow down.
By going forth in giant steps like this, they can't really see all the other stuff that they're stepping over and maybe stepping on.
Everything on the internet isn't illegal. Some of that stuff is private and not illegally obtained in the first place.

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Posted 1/22/12 , edited 1/22/12
I'm for it. It needs to be tweaked a bit, but the fact is that the law needs to adapt to the times. Copyright holders need a way to stop people from pirating their stuff. If I ran a flea market, it would be my responsibility to make sure that nothing illegal was sold there. If it was found that I was willingly allowing illegal goods, such as bootleg material, to be sold there, I would be shut down. Why should it be different with websites? It is the owner(s) of the website itself who is responsible for ensuring there is nothing illegal going on on their web site, and they should be held accountable if they allow illegal activities to occur through their services.

That being said, I don't think this means that teenagers are going to go to jail for uploading a video of themselves singing along to Justin Bieber. Copyright holders will still have to file suit against the website. And a copyright holder isn't going to pay several thousand dollars (at least) in attorney and court fees to get a kid's video taken off of youtube. It will likely mainly be the major offenders--overseas-based pirate sites specifically--that will be affected. Copyright holders already can submit requests to legitimate sites like youtube to have videos removed.

So no, I don't think this legislation is meant to 'censor' the internet or find arbitrary reasons to shut down web sites. It's not a conspiracy, it's people who own valuable property--copyrights--wanting to be protected from theft of that property, which is a protection that the government should be willing and able to provide. Intellectual property deserves the same protection as physical property. If someone's breaking into my house to steal my television, the police are there to try to stop him. Why should it be different with someone posting copyrighted movies or music online?
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Posted 1/24/12
I am so against it I can not convey it in words.
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30 / M / Marshall, Michigan
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Posted 3/21/12
Good thing it looks like sopa and the like are being abandoned
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Posted 4/1/12
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