THE ANTI-PIRACY LEGISLATIONS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN AMERICA- (part-I)

THE ANTI-PIRACY LEGISLATION THAT IS UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE,USA IS AN ATTEMPT TO BRING THE INTERNET UNDER STRICTER CONTROL AND SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE FILM PLUS MUSIC INDUSTRY IN AMERICA LOOSES EVERY YEAR DUE TO THE PIRACY OF THEIR CONTENTS.THE PROPOSED LAW SHALL DEFINITELY BE A GREAT RESCUE TO THESE ENTERTAINMENT BIGWIGS,BUT,IT WILL ALSO PUT SEVERAL RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF SEVERAL SITES INSIDE AMERICA AND THEREBY POSE A THREAT TO THE VERY CORE OF THE INTERNET PHENOMENON: OPEN FLOW OF IDEAS/INFORMATION INSIDE US.
THE PROPOSED BILL IS CALLED ‘STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT’ OR POPULARY CALLED ‘SOPA’.
THERE IS AN ANOTHER SUCH RESTRICTIVE-LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE SENATE :PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACT OR WELL-KNOWN AS ‘PIPA’.THIS LAW IF IMPLEMENTED,WOULD MAKE IT A PUNISHABLE OFFENCE IF SOMEBODY USES INFORMATION FROM THE INTERNET WITHOUT TAKING A PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE OWNER/INVENTOR OF THAT SITE!

SUCH LAWS ARE BEING VIEWED BY A MAJORITY OF THE NETIZENS PLUS SITES AS THE INFRINGEMENT OF THE RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND THEREBY CREATE A KIND OF WALL FOR THE DISSEMINATION OR THE FREE FLOW OF INFO. .

WIKIPEDIA AND REDDIT HAS SHUT DOWN THEIR SITES FOR 24HRS AS A DISPLAY OF THEIR DISPLEASURE OVER THESE TWO PROPOSED LAWS!
OTHER SOCIAL-SITES ALSO ARE OPPOSED TO THESE LAWS,HOWEVER THEY HELD THAT THE SHUTTING DOWN OR THE BLACKOUT OF SITES,WILL BE A FOOLISH IDEA!

PRES. OBAMA,INITIALLY VOICED THEIR RESERVATIONS AND EXPRESSED THAT THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY SORT OF COMPROMISE WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH!LATER ON,HE APPEARED TO BE DILLY-DALLY AND HAD COME UNDER THE FIERCE LOBBYING FROM THE VARIOUS ENTERTAINMENT FIRMS!

IMPINGING FREEDOM IS OK ONLY UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES OR EMERGENCIES.AND,IF SUCH EXCESSES ARE DONE AND LEGALISED IN NORMAL CONDITIONS,THE VERY BULWARK OF DEMOCRATIC-PRINCIPLES WILL SUFFER SEVERELY!

MRITYUNJAY JHA
SAMASTIPUR
INDIA.
MJ1982M@twitter.com

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