At 12/20/11 02:17 PM, Mfan wrote:
most of you don't even realize what sopa is, just because a law is passed doesn't mean that the government will automatically turn totalitarian
The government has nothing to do with SOPA, or its affects, once the bill has passed.
From what I understand, what will occur is that Big Corporation X, which corners the market in streaming videos online (for a nominal monthly fee) will start going to all of its competitor's sites and finding images/videos that it can claim violate copyright law - it doesn't matter whether the images/videos actually ARE in violation of copyright law, for their purposes.
Then Big Corporation X will contact the host for the competitor's website and threaten to bring down a SOPA shitstorm upon them because a website on their servers is allegedly violating copyright laws.
The host, in this situation, would have to decide whether it makes more financial sense to a) Keep the site up and collect the monthly server rental fee, while risking a huge potential hit from a SOPA lawsuit + legal fees to defend the lawsuit, or b) Take the site down and wash their hands of the situation.
Under current DMCA Law, most hosts have immunity for the copyright violations of the websites on its servers, and wouldn't feel compelled to take the site down just because Big Corporation X is threatening them.
However, under SOPA, I believe that immunity would beremoved - which means that hosts are liable. Thus, the host would be staring down the barrel of a SOPA copyright infringement suit that will cost over hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars and would drag on for years while Big Corporation X dragged their feet and forced the host to pay ever-increasing legal fees AND potentially cost them even more money in damages. In that situation, 99/100 hosts would cave under the pressure of Big Corporation X and take down the site.
Notice how Big Corporation X could completely destroy any of its competitor's sites without ever proving that copyright infringement actually occurred.