a The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has generated a great deal of controversy. Cite at least one news source, and explain what SOPA is. (Examples of…

a  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has generated a great deal of controversy. Cite at least one news source, and explain what SOPA is. (Examples of news sources are cnn.com or abcnews.com.) Then, decide whether you believe this act violates the First Amendment protection of free speech, and explain why.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) purpose is to help stop illegal coping/streaming of established and copyright films and music. SOPA states that if a person(s) illegally streams more than 10 or more times within a six month period, that they could face up to five years in jail. One website states, “The US government and rights holders would have the right to seek court orders against any site accused of “enabling or facilitating” piracy. This could theoretically involve an entire website being shut down because it contains a link to a suspect site (“Technology,” 2012, p. 1).” SOPA calls for search engines to remove sites that promote piracy from their search results, and many other U.S. service providers from doing business with these infringing sites.

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