The Stop Online Piracy Act is dividing opinion, with clear differences between �old� and �new� media. So what�s all the fuss about and what are the potential implications for content providers?
Actually, �went down� is a misnomer. This was no technical glitch, no server failure. Wikipedia was deliberately taken down � a protest measure in the increasingly vitriolic dispute that has been billed (simplistically and incorrectly) as �Hollywood vs Silicon Valley�.
At its heart is a piece of legislation � the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) � currently being debated in the US House of Representatives.
It wasn�t the only website to record a blackout, but it certainly had the most impact by virtue of the interest it has generated. Wikipedia has joined a long line of Internet-based entities and individuals decrying SOPA. While in the other corner are lined up traditional media companies such as Rupert Murdoch�s News Corp, music publishers and movie studios.
We were going to run a cheat sheet on exactly what SOPA is and how it could affect content providers, but�. well, Wikipedia was down so we couldn�t find out either.
We jest, we jest, we actually found this, which does an excellent job explaining the ins and outs and spelling our potential ramifications for content providers:
You can also read persuasive for and against arguments from Wikipedia�s Jimmy Wales, Word Press�s Matt Mullenweg, the Motion Picture Association of America�s Michael O�Leary and Steve Tepp from the US Chamber of Commerce here.
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