SOPA, PIPA And What It Means


SOPA and PIPA seem to be the buzz words of the day.

So, what exactly does it mean?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) aim to protect copyrighted materials from illegal distribution, especially by foreign sites. It tries to stop the black market by hindering online forms of payment and advertising for copyrighted goods.

Sounds good in theory except that under the legislation, they have the authority to shut down websites whether or not administrators have done anything wrong.

Ultimately, SOPA is a form of censorship and could really hurt American innovation and business.  Opponents of the legislation question whether it would really crackdown on black marketeers.

More on the subject can be found here, here and here!

So, what exactly does this mean for AMF and other sports blogs?

Basically, if anyone posts this video from YouTube here … it could shut this site down. No questions. Boom. Done.

I’m all for copyrighted materials being safe from piracy. Trust me. This legislation, however, is the wrong way to go about it. Time to head back to the drawing table.

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