Debate Club

Should Congress Pass Anti-Online Piracy Legislation?

Should Congress Pass Anti-Online Piracy Legislation?

Two congressional bills, the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (known as PROTECT IP), seek to address the problem of piracy and copyright infringement on the Internet. SOPA would allow copyright holders to take legal action against websites accused of enabling piracy. These actions range from forcing advertisers to withdraw their ads on an accused site to blocking the websites from Internet search engines. PROTECT IP proposes similar measures. While proponents assert such legislation will protect jobs, opponents assert that the bills condone censorship. Here is the Debate Club's take on whether Congress should pass anti-online piracy legislation.


The Arguments

#1
146 Pts
Stop Online Piracy and PROTECT IP Acts Do More Harm Than Good

No – Stop Online Piracy and PROTECT IP Acts Do More Harm Than Good

Andrew McDiarmid Policy Analyst at the Center of Democracy and Technology

#2
137 Pts
Proposed 'Anti-piracy' Legislation Dangerous and Unconstitutional

No – Proposed 'Anti-piracy' Legislation Dangerous and Unconstitutional

Corynne McSherry Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

#3
114 Pts
SOPA Won't Hamper True Pirates

No – SOPA Won't Hamper True Pirates

Julian Sanchez Research Fellow at Cato Institute

#4
113 Pts
Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA

No – Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA

David Segal Executive Director of Demand Progress

#5
-112 Pts
Rogue Websites Endanger Victims and Cost Billions Every Year

Yes – Rogue Websites Endanger Victims and Cost Billions Every Year

Stephen Cox President and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus

#6
-116 Pts
Online Pirates Are Costly and Dangerous

Yes – Online Pirates Are Costly and Dangerous

Steve Tepp Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

#7
-124 Pts
Copyright Theft Costs Jobs and Threatens Creativity

Yes – Copyright Theft Costs Jobs and Threatens Creativity

Sandra Aistars Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance


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