There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act recently. The piece of legislation that aims to curb illegally copied material online is causing a stir because of the it’s implications for online freedom of speech and the potential for power abuse. Here are a few rights the government would have under SOPA, I’ve lawfully borrowed from The Verge:
- Order internet service providers to alter their DNS servers from resolving the domain names of websites in foreign countries that host illegal copies of videos, songs, and photos.
- Order search engines like Google to modify search results to exclude foreign websites that host illegally copied material.
- Order payment providers like PayPal to shut down the payment accounts of foreign websites that host illegally copied material.
- Order ad services like Google’s AdSense to refuse any ads or payment from foreign sites that host illegally copied content.