Stop Online Piracy Act For The United States House Of Representatives

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In October of 2011 Texas Representative Lamar Smith introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act to the United States House of Representatives. The bill boasts heightened copyright laws that claim to protect free speech and creativity while it actually accomplishes the opposite. Online service providers, or OSPs, are the target of SOPA legislation. SOPA places liability for copyright law infringing content on innocent corporations that merely provide a platform for users to share content. Most importantly SOPA will tear down copyright safe harbors that provide protection to users and OSPs who have inadvertently committed copyright infringement and gives them a chance to reverse their actions. SOPA as it stands remains too harsh to possibly have a positive effect on the online community. SOPA legislation preys on OSPs that inadvertently infringe on copyright law because of users and aims to avoid the due process of law when prosecuting all infringers (Hoyt).
Most immediately after the passing of SOPA into U.S. law internet patrons will feel the effects of breached copyright safe harbors. According to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 an OSP must be alerted of copyright infringing data being hosted on it and remove the content within 14 days. DMCA also provides that an OSP will not be liable for content on it’s domain that was “initiated by a person other than the director, wasn’t selected by the director, or the material is transferred through the system.” Under SOPA…

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