The problem with SOPA is that it's too broad and too vague. Unintended consequences and what not.
The problem with what the government did to Megaupload is that they went after people that were providing a service for something that IS legal to do. That of file sharing. While it is illegal to share copyrighted material it is not illegal to share personal files. It was the people that were using that service that shared copyrighted material. As such they were the ones that broke the law. And as such the government should have tried to work with megaupload and gone after those people instead of some people that were providing a legal service to others.
There is no way to tell if X zipfile is copyrighted or not unless a person downloads it and opens it. No company is able to do this.
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Saying all of this, I have a serious problem with copyright law as it is used. It should be to maintain the market so people can't profit from your ideas when the copyright law is around, not to punish people for using your products without permission.
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It is illegal to share copyrighted material WITHOUT PERMISSION from the copyright holder. Lots of content out there that is legally free is copyrighted, or using licensing schemes that need copyright to really exist/have teeth, that and anything that can be copyrighted in the U.S automatically is according to current law.
If I make a work, copyright it, share it freely, and tell others to do so, /we are sharing copyrighted materials, but broke no laws since I gave the OK to do so.
How the quoted misconception got to be so popular is kinda scary.
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