Ult_Sm86 wrote:Don't get me wrong, I support the movement, but no the way they're doing it. I don't think blacking-out websites solves much of anything.
How does blacking out high-profile Web sites not
solve the problem of lack of awareness? I think people noticed.
I've read different things about it ...pro and con...and I'm still confused.
What my tired brain has managed to glean from all this is that if someone (like me for instance), posts a link (here at Nightscrawlers) to a picture or video on the internet (like LOL cats or something) that I do not own, then Nightscrawlers could be shut down??? Or if I post a link to another website that itself posts a picture that it doesn't own, Nightscrawlers could be shut down for allowing me to post the link???
Is this what it does or am I way off base?
You're close, and that could have been the case before the last revision of the bill. In your hypothetical, we would be served with a court order to take down not only your link, but all links to the site to which you were linking, legitimate or not.
One of the major remaining problems is that the bill is redundant. We have
the DMCA, a tried and true, low-cost procedure for getting links to copyright infringements removed. SOPA and PIPA scratch an itch with a chainsaw. Instead of a legal notice, we would have federal litigation. Many low-budget and non-profit sites don't have the resources to deal with such litigation. It'd be more cost-effective for them to give up all their content rather than have to deal with policing all of it and then scouring all of it every time they get a court order.
There are a number of more technical problems with the bills, but that's the gist of it.
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