Reddit manager says SOPA would prevent continued operation

H.R.3261, better known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, is a bill currently before Congress that seeks to expand the abilities of law enforcement and copyright holders to... stop online piracy. As expected the bill is very unpopular with just about anyone who uses the Internet. Legal analysts see the bill as over reaching, with many unintended consequences such as shutting down legitimate Internet business, and many questioning the constitutionality of the bill. 

The bill is still currently in committee but could come up for a vote Wednesday in the House.

Erik Martin, manager of the popular sharing site Reddit, has added his voice to the dissent against the bill by saying that the measures would lead to the eventual shutdown of Reddit.

If SOPA passes in anything like its current form, it would almost certainly mean the end of Reddit. It may not happen overnight, but we have a very small staff (~11, mostly engineers), and even dealing with DMCA stuff is a big burden for us. SOPA would make running Reddit near impossible. And we have access to great lawyers through our parent company. I can’t imagine how smaller sites without those kind of resources could even attempt a go at it if SOPA passes.

Reddit is owned by Advance Publications, who also owns publishing company Conde Nast. Reddit was a part of Conde Nast until it was spun off eariler this year.

The current law that governs the majority copyright claims on the Internet which was has been in effect since 1996, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, only requires that sites like Reddit (and for that matter, Neowin) comply with requests to remove infringing content or links. Under SOPA, these sites could be found to be facilitating infringement, and be subject to arrest as SOPA would also make unauthorized downloading of copyright material a felony.

Social networking companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google have also previously spoken out about the threat SOPA could have to their businesses.

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IF this gets passed, it'll get repealed in a hot second once US companies start firing all their US staff, uproot their offices, and head to less asinine countries so they can keep doing business.


Site could be hosted in another country but with SOPA things like ad revenue and online payment sites will come under pressure as well and this makes it more dangerous, thats what i seem to have gathered so far.

How would SOPA even work anyway? Couldn't they just host the site in another country and tell the DMCA or whoever to F' off?

MiukuMac said,
They could but under SOPA the right holders could essentially block anyone from the US from accessing your site.
Soon: Congress flooded with letters from Reddit users.

4chan is upon you, better watch, seriously ... keep acting stupid and someone somewhere is going to get it

I would not be surprised that a cyber warfare is about to erupt

zeta_immersion said,
4chan is upon you, better watch, seriously ... keep acting stupid and someone somewhere is going to get it

I would not be surprised that a cyber warfare is about to erupt

cyber warfare started in the beginning of 2011...

... althought those were just kids ****ing around.

SOPA is a joke though. its nothing but the RIAA and MPAA wanting to controlling the media even more. if you can filter the internet theres no stopping in what they can do.