Protect property, but keep Internet free

posted by
December 18, 2011
The Tennessean
by staff  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary, PND Commentary

"What images come to mind with the term 'online piracy?' Shady websites advertising downloads of songs, television shows and movies that they do not actually own the rights to are an obvious example. But what about a copyrighted story or photograph posted among friends on Facebook? ... Armed with good intentions, members of Congress finally are going after the shady websites and intellectual-property thieves. Unfortunately, the way the House Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion bill, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are written, the hammer would fall just as heavily on the overstepping social networker as it would on the Internet bootlegger." (12/18/11)



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