Big news is around the internet today. SOPA and PIPA are in front of congress and many websites are doing a web blackout to protest this bill. This bill if passed could change the world wide web in monumental ways.
Today, at Erotic News we’re taking a look at what SOPA could mean for websites that deliver our type of news; news of a sexual nature.
For those of you living under a rock for the past 6 months, here’s a quick recap of what SOPA and PIPA stand for and what they’re all about:
PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PIPA)
Is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”, especially those registered outside the U.S.
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
This is sort of a helper bill for PIPA and it would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. The court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites.
The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.
Thanks wikipedia for keeping the SOPA and PIPA definitions up on your site during the blackout protest.
What does this mean for news sites like Erotic Ads?
It means an end to sharing information.
Everything from quoting other news sources to using images to prove a point would be forbidden unless there was specific permission. Basically, we would have to do a lot more work to bring you sex news that was less up to date and with no pictures (or crappy ones taken from my camera phone).
It means that if we link to a source that is deemed to be breaking this law, our website could be shut down and we could be tossed in jail.
Stop SOPA and PIPA people. This law effects us all.
Click here for a petition.