copyright-monopoly-2013There have been many instances when suddenly politicians united against the Piracy that’s been done over the internet. Everyone saw the events of 2009 and 2011, when there were protests against piracy in and out of parliaments and prestigious houses, both in US and Europe. Although these were important events considering the fact that these issues were not raised that significantly, they were not given much importance. However, last year, there were two instances when people saw the power of the people who united over the internet and showed everyone how much powerful the word of internet is to everyone. Now people are considering what this New Year will bring to this unending debate over copyright issues and freedom of speech.

What are SOPA and ACTA?

On January 18, 2012, Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA was brought forward by some senators in US. As a result a commission was created that tracked down the origins and hidden operations of the file sharing giant Mega Upload, and seized the company’s assets and arrested the creator of this mega file sharing website. However, on the same day the SOPA and PIPA were opposed by millions of people over the internet by feeds. The protest resulted in SOPA being halted for the time being, along with other similar laws. Similarly Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was brought forward by European countries, which aimed to counterfeiting digital properties of people for piracy. This was not considered as a measure taken by the governments to protect the freedom of speech of people, rather to control it. After serious opposition by the signatory countries public, it was not implemented. Other than the people protesting over the internet, on calls and in streets, many people inside the parliaments, communicating the reservations of people to other house members.

What people ready to implement such laws do not understand is that they cannot do anything when hundreds of millions of people speak about their right one internet, together. Most of the legislatures, in the signatory countries of SOPA and ACTA, were sure that there would be no hurdle in the implementation of such laws. What they missed was the fact that a huge wave of protest would rise from nowhere other than the internet itself.

Who is behind such acts?

There is no doubt that it was the people from copyright industry that were trying to push forward the acts like SOPA and ACTA, and they succeeded partially when the Mega Upload was ceased. However, before they could bring forward any further cases, they were outspoken by people who had voted for democracy and used their power to speak to protest against this attack on their liberty rights. The administrations in the countries are yet to take a side. On international platforms, they speak for the freedom of people to express themselves by any means possible. However, when it comes to their own countries, they ask for more restrictions. Sweden is one country that seems to encourage the freedom of speech for their people, while on the inside, their new FRA laws allowed agencies to keep getting a sneak peek on things shared.