SOPA/PIPA, what are the effects for us as video enthusiast?

January 17, 2012
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Consumer rates for videos today are everly increasing due to the fact that video technologies are constantly evolving through out the years. From the simple Film Reel to the Digital videos, and now we are facing the new age of video entertainment at its best. 3D technologies have been really the new kid on the block. The spread of viral videos are everywhere, hoping to get a glimpse for those few minutes of fame. Video has been the talk of the town, let me rephrase that, talk of the countries. Videos have been the new niche in marketing, especially on products and testimonials focusing on the market.

Smartphones are now the real deal when it comes to wireless communication technology, from a survey about 60% percent of the worlds population is using the internet, and half of it is coming from social networking sites. Most of them are from asia, people are now relying on the internet to get the advantage and be updated to the latest trends. Facebook. Twittter, and other social bookmarks like digg, stumbleupon are just a few. People enjoy being in the internet, internet as we know it is now part of our lives.

The Web has helped a lot of us get information from anything, not only that, but we can also be a part of the community by participating on the said sites or blogs. We intentionally devote ourselves to Cyber-space as some of us would call it. Video hosting sites like youtube, vimeo, Google video and others are creating a new trend of life, they have definitely made a mark on the so called society of our generation.

With all that in mind, A law will be implemented to censor those content and videos and possibly remove them without even a prior notice.

So what is SOPA you say?

SOPA is an Anti-Piracy law that will be passed on the congress for further evaluation. It has been postponed for now but, it will resume next moth. House Judiciary Committee Chair and Texas Republican Lamar Smith, along with 12 co-sponsors, introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act on October 26th of last year. Debate on H.R. 3261, as it’s formally known, has consisted of one hearing on November 16th and a “mark-up period” on December 15th, which was designed to make the bill more agreeable to both parties. Its counterpart in the Senate is the Protect IP Act (S. 968). Also known by its cuter-but-still-deadly name: PIPA. There will likely be a vote on PIPA next Wednesday; SOPA discussions had been placed on hold but will resume in February of this year. -Taken from Gizmodo.com

 

What are the problems leading to this new LAW?

We all know that from all of these video sites that we visit,  there are some good content videos that are going viral. But it isn’t possible for them to go viral if it doesn’t spread like it used to be when the law is passed. The “STOP Anti-Piracy Act” is good in some aspects but mostly big companies will take big credit for it rather than small time or individual organizations. Yes, it can be good to stop piracy once and for all, but it cannot be good because the established bill will be disregarding the hardships of some small time companies for sharing some contents that copy rights their videos, images, logos just for educational purposes or just having to mention them.

The main goal of SOPA will be the evaluation of intellectual property entrepreneurs (browse: motion picture studios and file labels) to efficiently close the lid on on unfamiliar internet sites versus whom they’ve got a copyright statement. If Paramount., such as, claims that an internet site in India or other parts of the world is uploading a duplicate with the their movies, that studio will then without exception demand Google to get rid of that web-content/media from its search engines, and also PayPal to not take payments to or from that website, that advert solutions will be pulled out, remove all adverts and financial circumstances from it, also the site’s ISP will be banned or not let people go to that website anymore.
Read more from Gizmodo.com about how we can help prevent this bill from passing or visit americancensorship.org to help support the protest.

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