Well we are almost done this semester and I still haven’t summarized SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and WIPO. It seems like it would be beneficial for me to do this in order to pass the exam in a few weeks.
SOPA: Stop Online Piracy Act – SOPA was a bill introduced in the US that would force ISP’s (internet service providers) to block websites from their customers. Websites that allow for illegal downloading or infringe on copyrights (which is literally every website) would be impossible for citizens to access. The Act also would make it illegal for search engines, such as Bing and Google, to link users to sites that infringe on copyright and piracy laws. Finally Advertisers would also be blocked from buying ad space on websites that the US government blacklisted as infringing.
ACTA: Anti Counterfeit Trade Agreement – ACTA is similar to SOPA only it was established as an international agreement. Basically ACTA is an international agreement where-as SOPA was/is more of an American Bill. The problem however, as Strangelove has mentioned countless times in his lectures is that the nations signing the ACTA agreement are not those that are responsible for the majority of the pirated content on the internet. China for example refuses to sign the ACTA agreement and they are one of the largest illegal content producers in the world. For this reason ACTA has thus far been unsuccessful.
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO is part on the United Nations, it is a section of the UN devoted to the protection of intellectual property. Because it is a part of the UN this makes it an International affair, and similar to ACTA China is not part of WIPO and therefore does not abide by the regulations WIPO represents.
well this has been a short post, but sometimes its not the size that counts, its how you use it.