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1. Clay Shirky’s passionate presentation educated the audience on the proposed bills SOPA and PIPA. These bills which were highly publicized and laid to rest this winter were created by the government and funded by big media companies in an effort to exterminate illegal sharing and distribution of copy righted material on the internet. Shirky explains how these bills were poorly thought out and how they would not function in the way they were designed to. He goes on to tell how these bills are attacking the media users, consumers and sharers before they are even partaking in illegal activity and that the bills must be revised in order for them to properly function.
2/3. The first main point presented by Shirky is how the government has attempted to propose bills like SOPA and PIPA in the past in order to satisfy large media companies. He talks about the bills introduced in the 1990’s which were designed to deter people from sharing media such as audio tapes and video games. As Shirky says, “The Audio Home Recording Act changed everything.” It defined that it was ok to share audio with your friends, however distributing this audio for profit was not ok. This did not satisfy the media, which is why bills like SOPA and PIPA arise again today. A second main point illustrated by Shirky is simply how mechanically these bills cannot work. He explains how they can never do what they are intended to do because the “policing layer around the problem is the real threat.” This means they will be censoring sites such as google who host links to sites that have been deemed illegal. A third point mentioned in this deliverance touches on the fact that just because SOPA and PIPA have been denied, it does not mean this is the end and that other bills will not threaten our internet in the future. Shirky warns the audience of how these bills were just reincarnations of other bills, which are turned down each year and how they continue to gain momentum each time they are represented.
4.The most difficult concept for me to grasp was the way in which SOPA and PIPA go about policing this material and deeming what is illegally shared and what is not. This is something I’d like to discuss in class.
5. – Why is there so much resistance to acts which are designed to protect copy righted material?
– Why was SOPA and PIPA so much more popular in the media than past bills?
-Were any sites affected by these bills or have any individuals recently faced criminal charges related to these issues?
6. Moving forward and regarding my project SOPA and PIPA are extremely relevant. I am now wondering if this could be a topic of interest for me to explore in my video. Or even if I could get in trouble for using other peoples copy righted materials in my own project.