Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), including Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, slammed the bill and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act, in a Wednesday letter. Critics say the amendment retains too many of its troubling provisions, such as upholding the government’s right to block some Web sites and police the Web.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed opposition to the bill, as well as Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX), who joined nine Democrats to sign a letter to other House members warning that the bill would cause "an explosion of innovation-killing lawsuits and litigation."
Opponents of the bill include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, the Brookings Institution and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.
The bill would give the government the right to force ISPs and search engines to remove access to certain websites accused of copyright infringement without there being any trial to decide as much.
There is also an emphasis on streaming and linking in the bill which puts even more sites at risk of being in violation of the law and being de-listed from the internet.
A quote on how this authority could easily be abused:
In Russia, for example, authorities have made a habit of claiming copyright infringement when cracking down on social justice groups. That caused software giant Microsoft to issue blanket software licenses to non-governmental groups and media organizations in Russia, after officials began making arrests last year based on allegedly pirated software.
Also it could make it difficult to illegally access porn on the internet. Yes, it's that bad.
Edited by sylvianlight, 14 December 2011 - 06:22 PM.