Essay on SOPA

Essay by elliotqHigh School, 10th gradeA, December 2012

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The Stop Online Piracy Act was proposed by the US congress on October 26, 2011. If SOPA is passes, it will give the government authority to shut down any websites that, which they claim, have copyrighted material. If the SOPA bill gets passed, it will reduce internet piracy. As a result, the entertainment industry will become more unprofitable. Many people are concerned about this because it will affect music, movies, video games, and ultimately all modern day media and entertainment. Many would support this, but the bill is so unclear that it would also allow the government to potentially close down Wikipedia, YouTube and many other sites we use on an everyday basis. This bill should not be passed since it goes in contradiction of the first amendment, will affect our economy in many ways, and will damage the internet.

The first amendment says the congress will not abbreviate or take away or right to speak as we please.

SOPA infringes this law because it limits our freedom of speech. The government shouldn't be able to take down or stifle anything that they ruminate as piracy. For the government to have the capability to take down websites is in contradiction of the first amendment and the people in the public have no voice in it. Websites, like blogs, will be unavailable just if they inadvertently use a song in a video that they post that contains copyrighted material. According to a study carried out by CNNMoney, 45% of all content on blogs or personal websites contains some type of copyrighted material. This study shows that if SOPA were to be passed, thousands and maybe even millions of great websites could be at risk of being terminated. Clips and videos can be removed for one trivial violation whether or not...