Piracy is Bad for Business, But So is SOPA
Piracy is Bad for Business, But So is SOPA
Piracy is Bad for Business, But So is SOPA

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    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is meant to promote “prosperity, creativity,
    entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property.”  According to the proponents of SOPA, such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    (through its affiliate FightOnlineTheft.com), the bill would save
    stolen by online piracy.  But the
    tech industry, one of the U.S.’s largest
    job creators, is speaking out against SOPA (and also against its form in the
    Senate, PIPA).  Why?  Because contrary to SOPA’s stated
    purpose, they believe the bills will harm their ability to do business,
    effectively limiting jobs and innovation in the technology industries.

    David Ulevich, the CEO of OpenDNS, a widely used DNS and
    internet security company, penned
    an open letter to Congress encouraging them to reject SOPA and PIPA.  In his letter he expresses major
    concerns about overbreadth and censorship, and states that had SOPA been law
    when he started his company, he “would have incorporated outside of the United
    States and all of the jobs and investment [he has] put into the economy would
    have been taken elsewhere.”

    Google and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), both
    representing a huge number of jobs, are both considering leaving the
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their disagreement with the Chamber over the
    bills.  Google’s Vint Cerf has stated
    that PIPA and SOPA “won’t solve the problem” they purport to address.  Yahoo has already left
    the Chamber, assumedly over the Chamber’s support of PIPA.

    The Save Hosting Coalition, a group formed to represent web hosting companies,
    has said that PIPA would “slow the Internet economy in the United States, as we
    see innovators and business leaders leave our shores.”

    NetCoalition, along with the Computer and Communications
    Industry Association (CCIA) and the CEA, sent a letter
    to the House of Representatives opposing SOPA, saying that it would “[impose]
    significant costs on small businesses” and “introduce serious security risks to
    our communications infrastructure and the critical national infrastructure that
    depends on it.”

    Technological entrepreneurship represents a vital part of
    the United States economy, and has great potential for innovation and job
    growth.  When the job creators are
    standing up against these bills, some serious reevaluation is in order.