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1-19-2012 @ 11:16AM
It's worth pointing out that the danger of SOPA is not actually true copyright holders. *Anyone* can file a takedown complaint. Yes, that means, say, Company A using Hulu can legally put a DNS block on Netflix because they have movies made by Company B, claiming a copyright (not necessarily their own) was violated.
1-19-2012 @ 11:33AM
Comcast would have a goddamned field day filing individual complaints about every single film on Netflix.
1-19-2012 @ 11:51AM
I dont like this arguement for the fact that Netflix most likely has permission to use said copyrighted material in the form of a contract with the studiosl.
1-19-2012 @ 11:54AM
@SparkysShocker They in fact do. And the resulting investigation after a claim was made would confirm that. The problem is there's nothing stopping claims from coming from anyone and just wasting taxpayer money and time.
1-19-2012 @ 12:35PM
@SparkysShocker:The big problem with SOPA is that it shifts the burden of proof from the content owner to the alleged infringer. As it stands now, if I put up something on my website that references some copyrighted material, a parody, a review, etc, and the holder objects, they write me (or my hosting service) a cease and desist letter. However, that letter doesn't really do anything; if I'm pretty sure I'm in the right, I can ignore or answer it. The content owner has to take me to court to force my hand, and would have to prove their claim to do it. Under SOPA, I'm presumed guilty. And not only is the offending content blocked, but my entire site can basically be made to disappear from the internet. The url wouldn't work, search engines wouldn't show it; the only way someone could get to it would be if they knew the IP address. In order to get my site back, I'd have to go to court to prove that it was taken down incorrectly. If I'm a small company or single person, that's likely something I can't afford to do. So, yeah, Netflix would (eventually) be fine. But imagine some guy who decides to take revenge on his ex by filing a complaint about her WoW fan site. Now, Blizzard may be okay with her using their copyrighted material (as they usually are...) but his complaint is enough to get the site blocked, and she's got to go to court to prove that.
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