SOPA - Revisited and Legislation posted
Evidence of reproduction, distribution, or public performance of a copyrighted work, by itself, shall not be sufficient to establish willful infringement of a copyright. - in other words it not just having it and posting it...it's about what you do with it.
I started an earlier thread about SOPA and PIPA and had a good debate on the Topic.
Below is the the MEAT of what is being called CRIMINAL in SOPA.
(a) Criminal Infringement-
(1) IN GENERAL- Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed--
(A) for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;
(B) by the reproduction or distribution, including by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copies or phonorecords of 1 or more copyrighted works, or by the public performance by means of digital transmission, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works, when the total retail value of the copies or phonorecords, or of the public performances, is more than $1,000; or
(C) by the distribution or public performance of a work being prepared for commercial dissemination, by making it available on a computer network accessible to members of the public, if such person knew or should have known that the work was intended for commercial dissemination.
(2) EVIDENCE- For purposes of this subsection, evidence of reproduction, distribution, or public performance of a copyrighted work, by itself, shall not be sufficient to establish willful infringement of a copyright.
The rest of the bill is amendments to the above and legal jargen filler.
THIS IS IT!!!!! - the other half is what they want to do about it. THAT'S IT...
The other side of this coin is what can happen to sites that DO or FACILITATE this. (ie. Chinese site that sells knockoffs)
THIS IS THE REAL AREA THAT I BELIEVE PEOPLE AND SITES HAVE ISSUE WITH.
The government CAN shut down sites and search engines, and content from showing etc...basically stop the disemination of "Commercialized" information without permission. THIS IS CENSORSHIP...BUT it's also copyright protection. The fear of CBM being taken down for example is ridicules. However, the level of censorshhip does have a ripple effect that could impact many sites across the internet that link, link, post, blog, etc...about the infringing content...does that mean they all go bye bye...no absolutely not.
READ THE BILL:
PIPA is VERY similar
Again the real issue that those in the know have is the extent that the government is reaching to stop the illegal activity. They feel that it's an infringment of their first amendment rights. (debatable)
Those not in the know...think it's the end of the internet and the icons/avatars we use can be the cause of CBM being shut down...NOT TRUE...
And now you know...
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