I have just read this article about a new law in the US called SOPA, or the “Stop Online Piracy Act”, and it is headed through U.S. Congress with its sister bill PROTECT-IP in the Senate. And while I’m not usually writing about political issues, then I need to mention this and point your attention to the fact that if this law would ever come into effect, then it would limit any website in the US (or maybe even sites being “broadcasted” into the US) from being able to operate. They would basically need to manually verify that nothing being posted to their websites in anyway is in conflict with any copyright holders. And the major problem is not only that they are liable, but that the website as soon as it gets reported to the authorities will get banned and inaccessible. Before either getting a warning or having the ability to defend them self for a court.
This is making me so annoyed as it would make it impossible for anyone ever to host any website with any user created content. At least I’m not having my website in the US, but many of our members are from there, and eventually the access to our website could be closed in the US. And sites like ours in the US would more or less have to stop bringing any user generated content such as forum posts or upload collections. And think about sites like Youtube, Facebook or Twitter? For them even to continue to operate then they have to sign so harsh liability contracts with all users with so big fines that no one would risk even to post anything.
And thanks to Per Morgensen of Mergetools.com to point my view toward this bill.
hehe - looks like it was a big smoke screening to take away people's attention from ACTA, which is even worse than those two...
But..i heard it might be pull out right...but they still monitor on it..
and here is (one of many, you seemingly might have been read a heap of others) explanations what SOPA actually meaned, translated to normal people's language from "legalese":
Congress woke the sleeping tech giant, and now lawmakers are desperate to pacify it.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is scrambling to rewrite his bill to soften the blowback from the high-tech sector — and from senators worried about the political implications of jamming an industry that has the capacity to communicate across the planet in fractions of a second.
Read more: www.politico.com/.../71562.html
I am not sure that this will be limited to the US. To my understanding these laws will be enforced worldwide as part of the trade agreement ACTA.