For those of you who haven’t heard, there was a bill that was introduced legislation by Sen. Lamar Smith (R-TX) back in October that was designed to end online piracy called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
This was a noble cause, but it went a bit too far.
The bill had the focus to stop anyone from posting anything online that may have been copyrighted, or anything that had copyright material, such as music and movies.
It had the backing of numerous movie and music companies, such as Universal and CBS.
The issue was much greater than just piracy.
The bill went on to not allow people to speak about certain copyrighted movie plotlines or the lyrics of a song, which in turn lost the backing of numerous online corporations like Wikipedia and Reddit; these are websites that would of been shut down for having copyrighted material on their sites.
Jan. 18, 2012, there was a website blackout by numerous websites across the nation, as well as the “hacktivists” group Anonymous took down the websites of any supporters of the bill.
Sen. Lamar Smith went on record to say that this was just a publicity stunt. However, this in turn changed the tide of supporters of the bill from 80 to 65 and increased the opponents from 31 to 101.
The bill is now been considered dead.
So, what is next?
Well, legislation has recently announced a new bill that is similar to SOPA, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act).
This bill is supported by online companies instead of media companies, and it is encouraged for people to read it.
What about the corporations that don’t want to have their stuff stolen anymore?
Their resolution is a simple one; they need to get with the times.
People generally don’t want to steal, as we saw with iTunes. The sales of CD’s went from its drought to a gradual increase when it became easier for people to purchase their favorite music.
Perhaps Universal, or CBS, should provide something where they can buy digital copies of movies or television shows over the internet.
Don’t worry though. There will still be nerds like me who would be willing to buy the hard copies with all those nifty special features.