SOPA and You

Kris Hewes - Hardware Technician

I have been following the outcry regarding the SOPA bill ( H.R. 3261) this week as it is big news over the net. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill was introduced last year as a way to counter online piracy and copy write infringement, but that’s not all it does.

I am not going to explain the whole bill as it is huge and encompasses a large amount of information; here is a link to the Wikipedia article explaining it - LINK.

I worked in the video games industry for about eight years and know how much piracy can affect a company and entire industry. I do not agree with piracy and believe that artists of all forms should get paid for their work, whether music, movies, or games.

It seems that before the full bill was released, there were a large number of companies in support of a bill that would protect their intellectual property and profits.  It appears that their support may be dwindling.  If the full bill is read and taken into account, it could have far reaching implications for anyone that uses the web. I am not a “the sky is falling” kind of guy, but looking at the way the bill is worded and they way it can be interpreted, there is a lot of leeway for abuse.

As someone who spends a lot of time using the web for work and for fun, I cannot support piracy and wanted to hear your opinions on it.

So, what do you think?