To better understand the act, one needs to first examine what “SOPA” is and means. First and foremost, SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act is essentially an extension of another bill that was sent through shortly before it. The name of this bill is the PROTECT IP act, which stands for Protecting Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property. Both these names are essentially very fancy names for an anti-theft law to protect the intellectual property of movie, music and other industries alike. From this, the logical questions one would come to is; what does this bill do? What is beneficial about it? What is harmful about it? How would it effect me and my daily life? And finally is it constitutional or not? All these questions are very important to the greater understanding of this topic, and both sides of the argument hold very valid arguments.
Since it has already been explained what SOPA is, next one must look into what it does. In a brief synopsis, the Stop Online Piracy act would enable the attorney general to bring charges against and eventually shutdown all web sites, hosts, domain name owners, internet providers and internet users who are found to support, participate in or facilitate the theft of intellectual property of another. The act goes farther to say that all individuals once served with a court order will have only five days to appeal it in the courts. If the individual fails to appeal or remove the content in question they will be subjected to a hefty fine and/or jail time. It then goes one step farther. In addition to being able to force websites to remove content in question, it would force internet providers to restrict the acce...
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...ed only at the expense of the average American and would facilitate the farther advancement of the super wealthy. This issue is very controversial and is something that can only be decided through careful deliberation by the American public.
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“Five Things to Know About SOPA.” Washington Post. N.p. , 26 Nov 2011. Web. 20 Nov 2011.
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