Tisha Lewis, Fox News Reporter, interviews Daliah Saper regarding SOPA. Watch the interview here:
‘We’re Not China’: Says Chicago Cyber Law Attorney Daliah Saper on SOPA
Updated: Thursday, 19 Jan 2012, 9:30 AM CST
Published : Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, 9:36 PM CST
By Tisha Lewis, FOX Chicago News
On Wednesday, rolling internet blackouts, including Google’s black-covered doodle highlighted the controversial Congressional bill that could expand the government’s ability to fight online trafficking of copyrighted material. SOPA would also allow the Department of Justice to hold websites responsible for enabling copyright infringement.
Hollywood and the music industries support the anti-piracy laws, while the technology industry — from big boys like Google and Wikipedia to small web start-ups — generally oppose them.
It’s an issue that young people feel strongly about.
“People are interested more in free content than they are in getting behind companies that make Blockbuster movies which people may see but don’t necessarily think are as culturally valuable,” said University of Chicago graduate student Matthew Gannon, 22. “People from both the left and the right recognize that this is an attempt to censor what has been a largely uncensored forum.”
Cyber law attorney Daliah Saper said lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board to figure this out.
“Part of the problem is the legislatures don’t fully understand how this stuff works. I think everyone agrees that piracy is a problem – it hurts the entertainment industry, billions of dollars are lost to infringing content,” she said. “But I don’t think we want to become like a totalitarian government where we’re suddenly blocking entire websites. We’re not China.”