Tech Group: SOPA Requires Changes

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In recent years, the issue of copyright violation has been at the forefront of internet problems. The U.S. Congress is currently weighing new legislation to handle the ever-evolving issue with a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act.

In the U.S. Senate, the legislation falls under a separate name, the Protect IP Act.

Its goal is to make it easier for authorities to crackdown on infringement by enabling court orders that would quickly shut down web activities of an accused offender.

While copyright infringement is a legitimately important concern, the bill’s presence isn’t without controversy. Among those that oppose SOPA are internet giants Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and more. Meanwhile, proponents include entities involved in the recording and film industries (such as the RIAA).

Why are opponents concerned? Some feel the bill doesn’t provide a proper process for dealing with accused violators (with a court order, it can quickly silence the accused violator without a chance for them to properly defend themselves).

Overall, those opposed to SOPA feel that the legislation could hurt the internet’s economy by deterring and harming innovation.

Recently, the Business Software Alliance expressed concern as well.

As an alliance, BSA members include Apple, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and more.

CEO Robert Holleyman expressed innovation concerns via the BSA blog, stating, “Valid and important questions have been raised about the bill. It is intended to get at the worst of the worst offenders. As it now stands, however, it could sweep in more than just truly egregious actors.”

So how does Holleyman want to fix the legislation?

“To fix this problem, definitions of who can be the subject of legal actions and what remedies are imposed must be tightened and narrowed. Due process, free speech, and privacy are rights cannot be compromised. And the security of networks and communications is indispensable to a thriving Internet economy,” continued Holleyman.

Holleyman also cited “unintended consequences” that the bill could have in the area.

Previously, in October, the Business Software Alliance had commended the bill’s introduction in the U.S. House. For more information on BSA’s concerns, visit: http://blog.bsa.org/2011/11/21/sopa-needs-work-to-address-innovation-considerations/

 

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