If you don't know about the bill
(if you do know, feel free to skip this)
HR 3261 (or SOPA)
is an anti-piracy bill going through legislative branch (in the US) at the moment. It essentially allows the government to force censorship on search engines and ISPs, confiscate local web domains from foreign owners who deemed to be breaking rules (such as The Pirate Bay), would make unauthorized streaming a felony (streaming intellectual property from youtube, for example), and some other odds and ends. Corporate site owners, such as facebook or youtube (e.g. google), would never be held responsible for content on their site so long as it was removed a certain amount of time after it were brought to their attention. Any infraction would be legally the fault of the poster and/or user.
This legislation is supported by many entertainment industries, including the RCAA and various aspects of the film and television industry. John Conyers (a democrat from my state of Michigan) has stated that regulation like this is "critical to our economyâ€™s long-term success."
The bill's opposition has called the bill "draconian" and a "massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation."
Back on point
What are your opinions on the bill? I'm curious to see if anybody here supports it, and if so why. I tried to make my summary as reasonably unbiased as possible, but this legislation seems unimaginably poor to me, on an economic, legal, international, enforcement, and philosophical level. If anybody here supports it, I'd love to see some thoughtful dialogue on the matter. There is a piracy thread
for general observations or opinions on piracy. This thread should try to revolve around SOPA.