Why SOPA/PIPA are wrong: a real world analogy
Imagine a university that puts up bulletin boards for students to post flyers. A student puts up a flyer with a web address for pirated TV shows. Clearly, the student is wrong to do so.
Now imagine a law that criminalizes the university
-- that would force the university to close and would cut off its funding -- and not until the flyer is taken down, but for merely having bulletin boards that could be used to post such flyers. Or that would force the university to post an employee 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at every bulletin board to verify that nothing posted contains or gives directions to pirated material.
This seems absurd in the real world, but is exactly what SOPA/PIPA would do to websites. It harms every innocent user of every site that takes user-generated content.
It treats sites as guilty until proven innocent, destroying innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking. And it doesn't stop the pirates.
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