Many copyright holders are fighting to protect their unique and quality website contents from copyright infringements For an Eg: Take movie studio, the investment & hard work behind a movie are very huge and many online free movie watching websites are easily streaming the pirated version of original movie videos. Not only movie production websites, but also the content creators who create unique contents in the websites.
What is SOPA/ PIPA bill?
SOPA is an Anti-piracy bill which was introduced by Texas republican Lamar amith along with his 12 co-sponsors on October 26th 2011. SOPA applies to both domestic & foreign websites, but PIPA applies to foreign websites only.
The current law in SOPA bill is that the government allows copyright holders to request the court to issue orders against the websites with copyright infringements. After receiving the court order, the targeted website will be given 5 days stand to prosecute against the charge on them, if the targeted website not infringed the copyrights else it will be cut out in the following ways:
- Google will remove that targeted website from its search results.
- Hosting service providers will be notified by the copyright holders to stop the hosting and making the site to be unreachable to the people.
- All kind of payment processors like PayPal and ads services will stop providing payment gateways to the targeted website.
Right now discussions are going on to change the SOPA law in the way to shutdown the entire copyright violated website without any prosecution in court. This will affect the many major internet companies like Google, Wikipedia and Mozilla.
How will SOPA affect the Google, Wikipedia and Mozilla?
For an Eg. If a Google+ user shares a video from pirate bay in their circles, it will be taken as the Google+ supports the copyright infringements. In this case, that concerned copyright holder has the right to ask the Google to shut down the Google+ without any judicial proceedings and this is same to Wikipedia and others. That’s why these three major internet companies protested against SOPA by Jan 19th and many would have seen the protests on the following ways.