So I just read an opinion piece in the SMH regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act that is currently working its way through the legislative process in America.
I’m by no means an expert on things like piracy law, or even really how the internet functions at a structural level, so I don’t really have any idea how this law might affect the websites I use, such as The-RiotACT.
According to a source quoted in the article, “A link placed by a user in the comment section of an article in a regular internet magazine could result in the magazine going bankrupt and the owners being charged with a crime.”
So, my questions are:
– How do people think this law might apply to a site like this one? Would it simply being a case of the moderators having to more carefully vet the links that people place in their comments?
– Even if people did post links to websites where people can access pirated material, does anyone seriously think that the authorities would shut the site down and arrest our fearless leader?
– Does anyone think this law could be used as a back-door way of shutting down opinion sites that put forward opinions that those in power do not like?
– Is the negative press about this law justified? (ie. does it really pose a threat to the internet as we know it?)