The reality is this: there is no legitimate need for this law. +Jack Faire
seems to think that this is, well, fair, but in truth it is not. As +Brian Corbino
already pointed out, copyright holders already have means of redress under the law: it's called "The Copyright Act", and all the various successor Acts have done nothing but tip the balance of power even further towards the big copyright holders. What they want, by having the Justice Department and the public ISPs act as copyright cops, is to have someone else do their dirty work for them.
And that, my friends, is just ridiculous. I don't know about you but the government has better uses for my
hard-earned dollars than to serve as a private police force. The exact opposite should be happening: the media oligopoly should be under very tight scrutiny by law enforcement, and should be held accountable decades of collusion and price fixing, for the billions they've stolen from the public, from their own stable of artists, and from the world by the technologies they've suppressed. SOPA has this exactly backwards: we
are not the problem ... they are!
The Feds, on the other hand, want the legal power to screw with the Domain Name System at will, either for their own purposes or for their friends in big media. You may laugh, but remember that Obama appointed ex-RIAA attorneys to top spots in the Department of Justice, and they've already been mis-using their power to support frivolous file-sharing lawsuits (this in spite of Obama's rhetoric regarding "restrictions" he supposedly put in place.) Like it or not, that was payback for his being elected President, and it's enough to cost him my vote already.
That's just too dangerous, is just too much power in the hands of those who've already
proven their willingness to abuse it, and it is going to spark conflict with enemies and allies alike if it is allowed to continue. The EU has been making noises for several years about the potential for the U.S. government to abuse their control over DNS (or rather, Verisign's control ... but they're a U.S. corporation.) SOPA will do nothing to assuage their fears, and will in fact bolster them.
Does Congress truly believe that the rest of the world doesn't have an Internet connection yet?