Anti-Piracy Laws

My Goal: To inform people of the harms of laws like SOPA and PIPA

Blog #1-My Opinion
America is loved for its freedom and ability to govern itself. So why is it that when it comes to the internet we all of a vote_no_sopa_pipa.jpgsudden have to be monitored? Why do we have to be watched and checked up on? The internet surely isn’t the only thing in that is being exploited, but for some reason it seems to be the only thing that the government is trying to stop. I believe that the new anti-piracy laws, SOPA and PIPA, are unnecessary. They will add restrictions to websites and force the websites to move overseas, and cost Americans jobs. Also the government being able to go into our private facebooks, and read our tweets seems a little communist, doesn’t it? And isn’t that we have been trying to avoid. Americans believe in their free society, and privacy. With these new laws the government can take that away.I think America as a whole should think more about their citizens, and less about their wallets.

Blog #2- What are SOPA and PIPA?
SOPA and PIPA are laws that try to stop the illegal distribution of pirated materials. The major sites they are trying to block are from other countries, which are normally outside of U.S. jurisdiction. But with these new acts they can ban or block them if the websites have potential to distribute illegal materials. With these new laws, specifically, SOPA the government will be able to go into any website and look at the information on that site. They then have the power to ban the website if it has potential to share pirated materials. In short, the government will have the right to go onto facebook, twitter, tumblr and other sites to look at ALL the content! The people who run the websites would have to keep tabs on all their users, and know what they are posting at all times. Personal and private things will now be able to be seen by the government.

MLA Citation: Couts, Andrew. "SOPA vs. PIPA: Anti-piracy Bills, Uproar Explained." Digital Trends. Digital Trends, 16 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

Blog #3-CISPA
"In a strong civil society, these personal matters properly remain private. In a surveillance society, they become leverage." This is quote from the article I read. In this article it explains the new bill that has come out, CISPA. CISPA stands for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This bill was proposed in order to stop cyber terrorism. However the description of cyber terrorism is very broad. it almost makes it seem like they can just go into anyone's information and look at anything they want, if they feel it is threatening.This article says a lot of correct things, explaining how these laws are a threat to the world. The internet is derived from freedom of expression, which cannot be achieved without freedom of speech. And since freedom of speech is mostly derived from the United States, so much of the world is relying on what we, as a nation decide to do.

MLA Citation: Wolf, Naomi. "THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Commentary :: New American Legislation Would Give Power to Keyboard Cops." The Daily Star Newspaper. The Daily Star, 5 May 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

Blog #4-Felonies and Other Options
This video explains SOPA in a very simple form. It brings it down to the basics, and I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think people really understand what SOPA will do. Under the act the government has the ability to ban any website they feel could have the potential to distribute pirated music, movies etc. The video is of course a tad it biased, but it doesn’t change the facts. You can still go to jail for watching a Justin Bieber music video, if it isn’t on youtube. That is wrong! So if I miss my favorite show I cI SUCKan’t it online? Youtube doesn’t have full tv shows that I have found. This article brings up another bill that is in the works, and as it looks could possibly be something that becomes a law. The bill ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) has already been signed in several countries, including the United States.


MLA Citation: Taft, Nathan. "Join the Conversation." Breaking Down the Internet Censorship Debate – NextGen Journal. Nextgen Journal, 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

Blog #5-Websites Taking Action
I am happy to hear that major websites such as, Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook, are taking action. On January 18, 2012 many websites participated in the “black-ouht_wikipedia_dm_120118_wblog.jpgt”. They either totally blocked their site and made it dark, or they put a black banner over their logo, or simply asked their users to reach out to their congressmen, all in order to stop these new bills. I was very happy to hear that the legislation has decided to postpone the voting on the bill. They have not denied it, but at least they see the reasons people are protesting! It gives hope that the bill will not pass. Many legislatures have decided to vote against the bill moving forward. And have even said they are no longer going to support it. I think this is an awesome thing, it will congress time to look and dissect the bill in order to make it work. Right now this bill is just going to destroy freedom of the internet. They need to take a look at it and make some changes. There is a way where they can stop online piracy and still keep the internet alive and well.

MLA Citation: Potter, Ned. "SOPA Blackout: Wikipedia, Google, Wired Protest ‘Internet Censorship’." ABC News. ABC News Network, 18 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

Blog #6- Students taking Action
It’s good to know that websites aren’t the only ones taking action. Teenagers are too, as described in this article. I think that is great!! The more people who are willing to stand up for something that should be stopcampaign-for-students-enters-final-year.jpgped the better. When people do something as small as a letter writing campaign with 100 students it makes a difference. Letters aren’t the only things being sent, and the students in Illinois aren’t the only ones doing something. Students at Fairfield University have made facebook groups about it, as well as many other groups on facebook. And there have been hundreds of articles and blogs asking people to speak up. If everyone speaks up, there is no way this bill will pass! I encourage everyone to do a little something, and stop the bill from passing. Write a letter, or an email, call someone! Reach out and fight for your right to a free internet.

MLA Citation: Streib, Kinsey. "Students Should Speak out against SOPA." Purdue Exponent. Purdue Exponent, 17 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

MLA Citation: Wywialowski, Amy. "Students Address Opinions on SOPA." The Daily Eastern News. The Daily Eastern News, 24 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.

Blog #7-Alternatives
CISPA and SOPA aren't the only ways to stop people from stealing music or ideas, or anything from the internet. There are alternatives that keep private issues private. Right now the CDT (Center for Democracy and Technology) is creating a new bill known as the PRECISE Act. This bill better balances cybersecurity, industry, and civil
Leslie Harris, President of the CDT
liberties. I think that there needs to be a reform made where music and other things cannot be stolen. I but I also believe that the government should not be able to go in and look at our tweets, or our facebooks. So I think that the bill being proposed by the CDT will be a good medium.
"We need cybersecurity legislation, not surveillance legislation," said CDT President Leslie Harris. This is a good statement because it sums up the debate that has been going on. I thought this was a great article because it provided an alternative to CISPA and SOPA without just complaining about it.

MLA Citation: Schwartz, Matthew. "InformationWeek: The Business Value of Technology." CISPA Bill: 5 Main Privacy Worries. InforamtionWeek Security, 17 Apr. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.


Blog #8-Coming Together
directorschair.jpgThis article is a great one to end on because it proposes more resolutions. I thinksocial-networking-websites.jpg there definitely needs to be some reform on the internet to stop online piracy, but I don’t think privacy should be sacrificed. So I was very happy hear that websites and the entertainment industry are coming up with more laws that could help the situation. It’s also great that people who understand technology better are getting involved in the new bills and laws. Before the people proposing the bills were people who admitted to having no knowledge of the new technology. This article also brings up a new bill called OPEN, however the entertainment industry doesn’t really like it. But if we are ever going to stop anti-piracy we will need to come up with a lot of solutions and a lot of them will probably not be good ones. So I think that it is good that they are bringing new people into making these laws, and that website owners and the entertainment industries are working together.

MLA Citation: Wasserman, Todd. "Featured in Social Media." Mashable. Mashable, 18 Jan. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <>.