SOPA is SO PAthetic… ahaha… ha… okay that wasn’t funny, I know. Anyway, there are so many problems with this, but I’m only going to talk about a few of them.
I think that this could really damage the way some online “artists” express themselves. For example, there are countless amounts of YouTube videos with clips from movies or television shows and copyrighted music. Okay, perhaps the footage and music is not original. But, the way that a person combines the clips together along with the music is, to me, a digital art form. These pieces of art help to reminisce of the past for viewers that watched the show or movie and/or help to think of the stories in an alternative light. Nobody would be able to make these videos if SOPA was established.
Sites like YouTube and Tumblr would face major devastation. The employees of YouTube would have to go through every single video to check for copyright infringement and remove a TON of videos. Also, they would have to change their upload system where instead of the film automatically uploading to the server, it would have to be delayed for inspection before receiving the okay to reveal it online. Both of these are too time-consuming and could result in at least a temporary shut-down of the website. This is also the case for Tumblr. Tumblr would have to inspect every single post made and take down sooooooo many of them. Then, they would also need post inspection before publishing. People would no longer like Tumblr and therefore would probably go out of business.
Lastly, if SOPA became reality, then the United States would gain the power to block any pages on the web, including ones that don’t have pirated material. You know who’s not going to stand for SOPA? A lot of people, but we must also point out the importance of hackers. Oh, there will be hackers. They will not be happy. “Anonymous” will rage. It’ll be a battle of online epic proportions!