SOPA and Online Piracy
Webcast Q&A: 15 January 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on SOPA and online piracy on 15 January 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) be supported or opposed? SOPA was recently introduced to the US House of Representatives, then shelved temporarily, and many people are urging businesses and their representatives to oppose it. Would the bill promote prosperity and creativity by protecting copyright? Or does it justify internet censorship and cripple free access of information through online media?
My Answer, In Brief: SOPA and PIPA claim to protect copyright, but in fact, they'd break the fundamental architecture of the internet, subject innocent people to major legal battles, destroy large internet sites, and establish government control over the internet. To top it off, these laws would not stop pirates. They should be opposed.
To save the file to your computer, right-click and save the link above. You can automatically download that and other podcasts by subscribing to Philosophy in Action's Podcast RSS Feed:
- Wikipedia: Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act
- CopyBlogger: The Problem with SOPA (And How to Stop It)
- United Liberty: 8 Political Reasons to Stop SOPA and PIPA and 8 Technological Reasons to Stop SOPA and PIPA by Ron Davis
- Fight for the Future: PROTECT IP / SOPA Act Breaks the Internet
- CNet: Molly Wood's Video Explanation of SOPA
- Slate: The Internet's Intolerable Acts by James Losey and Sascha Meinrath
- SOPA and PIPA are Bipartisan Bad Policy, Really Bad Policy by Tom Evslin
- Refusing REFUSED by Paul Vixie
- Politico: SOPA becoming election liability for backers
- CNet: GoDaddy bows to boycott, now 'opposes' SOPA copyright bill
- The Hill: Twitter, Facebook, Google endorse alternate online piracy bill
- Ars Technica: Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA
- The Atlantic: SOPA's Architect Is Finally Starting to Back Down
- The Hill: SOPA shelved until 'consensus' is found
Support Philosophy in Action
Remember, Philosophy in Action Radio is available to anyone, free of charge. That's because our goal is to spread rational principles for real life far and wide, as we do every week to thousands of listeners. We love doing that, but each episode requires our time, effort, and money. So if you enjoy and value our work, please contribute to our tip jar. We suggest $5 per episode or $20 per month, but any amount is appreciated. You can send your contribution via Dwolla, PayPal, or US Mail.
Thank you for contributing to Philosophy in Action! You make our work possible every week, and we're so grateful for that!
If you enjoy Philosophy in Action, please help us spread the word about it! Tell your friends about upcoming broadcasts by forwarding our newsletter. Link to episodes or segments from our topics archive. Share our blog posts, podcasts, and events on Facebook and Twitter. Rate and review the podcast in iTunes (M4A and MP3). We appreciate any and all of that!
About Philosophy in Action
I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
My radio show, Philosophy in Action Radio, broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and some Thursday evenings. On Sunday mornings, I answer questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life in a live hour-long show. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers co-hosts the show. On Thursday evenings, I interview an expert guest or chat about a topic of interest.
If you join us for the live broadcasts, you can ask follow-up questions and make comments in the text-based chat. Otherwise, you can listen to the podcast by subscribing to our Podcast RSS Feed. You can also peruse the podcast archive, where episodes and questions are sorted by date and by topic.
I can be reached via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.