Unlike the Swiss Government, Members of the United States House of Representatives believe there is a big threat from online piracy for the entertainment sector and even for the safety of the United States of America. To counter this urgent threat Lamar S. Smith and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors files the bill called the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).
Why the people of the USA are threatened?
“Forty-seven per cent of America’s gross national product now comes from Intellectual Property”, says Rob Holmes Founder & CEO of IPCybercrime, a firm providing investigations for brand owners and their attorneys. And this property is in danger by faceless villains.
- Content theft threatens more than 2 million jobs supported by the film and television industry
- over 500,000 movies are illegally distributed each day worldwide
- Spongebob Squarepants has been watched illegally 1.6 billion times since 2008.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates a loss of $135 billion in revenues each year from piracy and counterfeiting. Rob Holmes also stated about the internet
“The Internet is not just a bunch of wires and tubes, but the sidewalks, highways and railroads of our nation.”
And these sidewalks, highways and railroads need to be watched and controlled because
“The Internet is a real place with real people, and real businesses need real laws.”
“Fundamentally, this is about jobs,” said Michael O’Leary of the Motion Picture Association of America, one of the major supports of the SOPA.
The Stop Online Piracy Act is there to protect the intellectual property, the entertainment industry and their jobs and revenue. This protection is even given in the United Nation Article 27 Section (2) “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”
“Our mistake was allowing this romantic word — piracy — to take hold,” said Tom Rothman, the co-chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment in an interview. He also added “It’s really robbery — it’s theft — and that theft is being combined with consumer fraud. “
Rob Holmes calls the SOPA bill even a “border security”. Because it also protects the American consumer against dangerously flawed pharmaceuticals, faulty brake pads and defective smoke alarms. Tom Rothman added “…sending their credit card information to these anonymous offshore companies, and they’re receiving defective goods.”
Stop Online Piracy Act would give every author a good and fast way to stop the robbery of his property. And it would protect the citizens of the United States and their Jobs.
The SOPA is good.