January 24th, the Senate will be voting on the Protect Internet Piracy Act, also called PIPA. The bill is the sneakily disguised sister of SOPA (Stop Internet Piracy Act) that caused a wave of outrage across the internet. PIPA will do almost all of the same things as SOPA, but it doesn't seem to be getting as much publicity. If you don't think it will affect you, here are the top five ways everyone could be affected by PIPA.
PIPA makes blog owners responsible for all content on their website, including comments made by other people. So you don't even have to DO anything that could "infringe" on someone else's "intellectual property" yourself; if someone else comments, YOU could be held responsible because it's on YOUR site. ListMyFive would be part of that scape, and considering how vague the definitions in the bill are, anyone with a problem with what you say could turn it into an accusation of illegal infringement.
Believe it or not, cover songs would technically become a violation of copyright law and be reason for removal from websites under the new act. Websites that host them would be held responsible and urged to remove the content or be blacklisted. If the websites face prosecution, you can bet they would be able to prosecute whoever uploaded the video.
If you or someone you know works for a website like YouTube or Facebook, their job could be in danger. Sites that are at high risk for piracy, particularly new startups, could be blocked by the government so users can't access them. Without users, ads can't sell and the website can't make any money. Websites closures could cause job loss in a time when jobs are already scarce.
Even if you don't know anyone who works for a website, you could lose access to a lot of your favorite websites. You will no longer have the freedom to choose what you want to look at because the government will make those decisions for you.
Even if you don't live in the United States, if this act passes, it could still affect you. The US government and senators who are supporting this bill want it to spread to other countries. So even if it may not affect you right away, it could eventually affect your internet usage in the near future.
If you don't agree with PIPA, reach out to your senators. Find out their position on the bill, and even if they are supporters, call them out on the position. Urge them to reconsider and give them solid facts why YOU as one of their constituents DON'T want the bill to pass. Make sure to reach out to those who haven't stated a position and urge them to stand up against it.
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Many people don't know the depth of these things you list. Thank you for putting this together in such a great way! Well done.
Thank you for this helpful and useful list. Well done.
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