Still not sure how US legislative efforts like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) could affect the rule of law on the Internet? On Giz, we’ve posted a detailed primer from the Stanford Law Review, but this video from MSNBC — hosted by Chris Hayes — is another great introduction.
In the States, will third party search engines, ISPs and social networks be forced to impossibly police copyright? Or will the Acts only affect “non US sites that are wholesale devoted to illegal activity”. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (who organised a blackout in protest of the legislation) and NBCUniversal’s Executive VP sit on different sides of the fence, though they both agree that piracy is indeed an issue.
Says Alexis, “Piracy is a service problem…When there are barriers to getting the content you want, people will go through other means. If you can provide a service that is actually better [than what the pirates offer] then you can win with business.” [Business Insider]