More Anti-Piracy Act Comments from Zintro Experts

Even with the postponement of a vote for the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US Congress, the issue still remains a hot one. Our Zintro experts weigh in with their thoughts and opinions.

James Gormley thinks that the Stop Online Piracy Act would be more properly named the Initiate Internet Censorship Act because, despite its apparently good intentions, it would be bad for free speech and innovation in the following ways:

(1) the United States government could order the blocking of websites and blogs using tactics and similar to those employed by China;

(2) search engines could be compelled to delete entire websites from their search results;

(3) the censorship regulations written into SOPA and PIPA will not shutter pirate sites, as these websites will merely change their addresses and continue their illegal activities while law-abiding, innovative companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they cannot possibly control;

(4) SOPA and PIPA would be job-killers because legitimate US internet companies would be forced to inappropriately monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation;

(5) AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to Congress saying that these bills pose serious risk to the internet’s track record of innovation and job-creation;

(6) according to Google, 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA would hurt innovation and investment in internet services as well as US competition; and

(7) according to Google, over 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would hurt economic growth.

Gormely says that Congress should instead consider the OPEN Act  that would protect Americans’ right to benefit from what they’ve created while also safeguarding Americans’ even more important right to an open, free, vibrant and innovative internet.

Yourintell, an expert in internet intelligence, says that if SOPA is enacted it will do nothing to curb the online entrepreneurs, brokers, and wholesalers selling a variety of illicit products such as pharmaceuticals. “The primary reason is that SOPA does nothing to address the reality of the internet. It draws on the premise that the internet is an invisible and static mass governed by no one and accessible by anyone. They are right. There are no unified and worldwide controls on the internet and its use. Decision makers are too worried that if they actually unite and control the invisible web then their own use of it will suffer,” he says.

“Enacting SOPA to control something that is as yet uncontrollable is like building a house from the roof down. Not practical and doomed to failure. Unfortunately, individual countries have their own vested interests in keeping the internet highly unregulated,” says Yourintell. “All online infringers have to do if identified as a result of this SOPA will be to move to another IP address. Only the amateurs will be caught, not the real professionals who know how to truly hide their online identity.”

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