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What could be the impact of SOPA on the Caribbean?

The draft Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is currently being debated by the US legislature, but it has been severely criticised by tech experts and the industry at large. It aims to protect US Intellectual Property, and has been designed with considerable reach that could affect us the Caribbean.

Yesterday, the Judicial House Committee, one of the standing committees of the US House of Representatives held a hearing on the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a highly controversial Bill introduced in October this year. Opponents to the bill fear that it will irrevocably be to the detriment of the Internet, while its supporters believe that it will protect US innovation, jobs and revenues. This post briefly examines some of the issues surrounding SOPA and discusses possible implications to us in the Caribbean.

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Comment by Trevor A. Phipps on January 8, 2012 at 11:33pm
Following is a link to an article about possible protest action against SOPA.

http://techland.time.com/2012/01/05/sopa-what-if-google-facebook-an...

Can you imagine a world without Google or Facebook? If plans to protest the potential passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) come to fruition, you won’t need to; those sites, along with many other well-known online destinations, will go temporarily offline as a taste of what we could expect from a post-SOPA Internet. Companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Yahoo! and Wikipedia are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet, something already being called a “nuclear option” of protesting. The rumors surrounding the potential blackout were only strengthened by Markham Revulsion, executive director of trade association NetCoalition, who told FoxNews that “a number of companies have had discussions about [blacking out services]” last week.

According to Erickson, the companies are well aware of how serious an act such a

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