Due to the rapid growth in this illicit activity, legislations such as SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA have been proposed; however they have been met with public cries of vexation and have been halted for the time being, but attempts are still being made to pass them. If these regulations are passed, it will result in the loss of revenue from foreign website providers, discontent sweeping worldwide, and the stifling of creativity and expression. Legislation such as PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), and ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) have been proposed to counteract online piracy or the infringement of copyrighted material. Currently there are already laws protecting copyrighted material, which includes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA, which focuses on removing specific, unauthorized content from the internet (Condon). However, the music industry and film industry want to tighten copyright protection.
The principles of the actual world are difficult, if not finally impossible, to apply to the Internet. Legislators and citizens are trying to apply the Constitution to the Internet, but the major problem is applying this document to the World Wide Web. For many citizens of the actual world, this is not a problem; they say just apply the constitution as we do to the actual world. For others however, this kind of thinking is part of the problem. Just applying it to a virtual world, they argue, is an unjust application that really, in the long run, cannot be implemented.
This sent a loud and clear message to the creators of this bill and they put it on indefinite hold. While this was happening another bill decided to raise its ugly head. It had been lurking in the shadows of the other two bills and would prove to be a much more immense monster to face. Much like SOPA and PIPA, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), would restrict users of the internet exponentially, and there would be a large amount of unnecessary prosecution because of it. ACTA is an international bill that has some great potential, but lacks proper structure, therefore most of the internet, as it is known, will be shutdown or deemed illegal in many of the established countries around the world.
Internet Regulation Technology is growing at an uncontrollable rate in today’s world. Along with this, so is the internet. Regulating the internet is becoming a major issue all over the world. Some people don’t believe it is possible for the internet to be regulated and many think it should not be regulated at all because it infringes on our rights of free speech; while many believe it will have to be regulated to protect people of all ages and all backgrounds. There are three aspects of the internet that have to be regulated; criminal activities, illegal content, and harmful/offensive content.
This protocol was the controversial term Internet Censorship. The question that has been fought for the beginning of this new implementation, especially to those countries that relies heavily on internet access and commodities, is that: Is Internet Censorship really a good idea? Did it really provided changes and security on the people as they exposed themselves to the impending threats of internet surfing and other activities? How about the hampered freedom of expression? Did the benefits outweigh the risks in this particular situation?
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The technological advancements made within the last decades have undoubtedly changed the way today’s society operates as a whole. People are more dependent on computers and the internet than they have ever been, so their prevalence in general life has been greatly inflated. Such an important and prominent tool could never go unregulated by governmental authority, however. Government censorship of the internet has been an extremely controversial issue, even from the point where “net neutrality” was first discussed. Governments generally argue for the use of censorship for the purpose of discouraging and disallowing the access to inappropriate material and other harmful practices, but further extend their censorship’s reach to affect many other facets of the internet; including politically sensitive material and discussions.