SOPA, an acronym for “Stop Online Piracy Act” bill is a proposal by the U.S. government to slow the spread of copyright content online battle and trading of intellectual property by bringing the perpetrators to justice. Problem with the bill under which people actively oppose its implementation is that the whole idea is vague and hazy, with enough problems to cause problems for a person or a company suspected of even the slightest violation of copyright content, consciously or unconsciously.
Let’s say you have a blog that will share messages, pictures and even video. If you share a different message, pictures or video to your blog or social network, so your blog can be shut down, and perhaps even without warning! This is how this account can be easily manipulated by law enforcement authorities to crack down on people who speak the truth and trying to uncover any injustice in different parts of the world.
Worst still, this bill allows judges to order the service by asking your ISP to block it off. Sites as well as certain restrictions may be placed together in the process of IP blocking. Experts believe that this order be implemented, it requires government agencies to come and scan all the contents of a suspect’s computer and the ISP. Obviously a gross invasion of user privacy.
If you have a separate plan, all are very serious things to take into account especially in the current era of the digital divide, through social media networks. We all know how anyone can easily copy the contents of news from a friend feed and share it together for everyone else. Intensions, obviously cannot be doing anything illegal, but the consequences of this could turn ugly if the person is not careful.
How Social Media is affected?
Social media is all about keeping up to date with your friend’s activities and the exchange of the latest news, pictures and videos with each other. Everything is available online and now people do not even look at for the moment, as their actions could be used against them. Social networks such as YouTube allow users to view and even copy the music videos and movie trailers, and the SOPA bill is designed to just limit this luxury.
Reaction across the social media community
Worldwide community of social media talks about these issues and try as much as they can to raise awareness to uninformed people. The campaign against Serena began gradually to withdraw with the announcement of the massive Web-hosting Company GoDaddy, for their support and Serena in the ranks against its implementation.
As the recent revolutions in the Middle East, social media, once again managed to lead successful people together against something that could have a devastating impact on many lives and families. The social relationships between people online have once again proved that change can be brought from the base level, if the commitment is there, and the community voice can be heard by those responsible.