YouSpeak: Combating Piracy on the Internet
What role should the government play?
Two Congressional bills designed to curb pirated content on the internet were stopped dead in their tracks earlier this month after a massive protest by Wikipedia and other websites persuaded lawmakers to take a closer look at the legislation.
The bills, known as PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) in the House and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the Senate, would curb access to websites abroad that provide pirated content—chiefly, music, television, and movies.
The legislation has the backing of publishers, the entertainment industry, and pharmaceutical companies battling counterfeit products, who say that government intervention is needed to stop piracy and curtail copyright infringement. It is opposed by technology companies, who argue that it undermines freedom of speech and is almost impossible to enforce.
This week’s “YouSpeak” asks, “Should the government regulate the internet?”
“YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.
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Alex Stout (COM’13) and Kara Siebein (COM’12) assisted with this video.6 Comments