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.
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- 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
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. 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 second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
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