St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
A new info graphic is being released by Keyser Law Firm to help people understand SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The info graphic, which can be seen here http://www.keyserdefense.com/blog/a-visual-guide-to-sopa, is clear and straightforward in defining SOPA’s purpose and powers, and whom it will affect directly; it clearly delineates who and what will benefit and be hurt by this proposed act in its current form.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a United States bill, was first introduced by Representative, Lamar S. Smith, of Texas (R) to give U.S. law enforcement an increased capacity to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Proponents argue that it will protect America’s intellectual and creative property, and that it will augment and strengthen copyright laws, especially against foreign websites. Opponents argue that SOPA threatens free speech, innovation and creativity and that it is in effect, censorship, and thus violates the First Amendment.
Keyser Defense’s info graphic highlights the five following questions:
· What is SOPA?
· What does SOPA do?
· How will SOPA work?
· Who does SOPA effect?
· What effect will SOPA have on the Internet, as we know it?
The info graphic gives concise insight into what the proponents and opponents of the bill are saying, and a brief report on recent reactions from the Internet community. Many popular websites coordinated service blackouts to raise awareness; organized petition drives in effort to collect signatures; and encouraged boycotts of companies who supported the legislation. Off-line, rallies and demonstrations against SOPA were also conducted.
One of the biggest and most valid arguments of the bill is that its language is both broad and vague and could potentially cripple small companies caught up in litigation.
Within this firestorm of controversy surrounding SOPA, two things have become clear:
1.)The current form of SOPA needs revision, as indicated by the postponement of legislation consideration. Representative Lamar Smith has stated, “The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.”
2.)America is a long way from resolution about how to deal with the problems caused by copyright infringement.
Find out where you stand on the SOPA issues by visiting http://www.keyserdefense.com/blog/a-visual-guide-to-sopa to see this informative graphic.
Keyser Law Firm focuses on immigration law and criminal defense in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their specialized practice assists non-citizens in navigating the court system to avoid or eliminate harsh immigration consequences stemming from criminal convictions. The firm offers a diverse background including work experience with the Justice Department, Homeland Security and both criminal prosecution and criminal defense in Minnesota. Attorney Christopher Keyser is the owner of Keyser Law Firm. Mr. Keyser is a First Lieutenant and legal assistance attorney with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Reserve Legal Command in Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Keyser Law Firm continues to offer free case evaluations and also offers reduced cost legal services to any military servicemember or veteran throughout Minnesota.