In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Professor Jonathan Askin commented on the ongoing controversy surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). While Hollywood and other content creators who support the bills claim the new legislation would crack down on copyright infringement, those in the tech industries argue SOPA and PIPA will only stifle innovation and online free speech.
Professor Askin believes that instead of stricter copyright laws, paid online distribution by content creators would be a better solution to piracy. “Consumers use the Internet to get access directly to content. They don't necessarily need the cable network or newspaper to do it,” he said. “Can't ‘American Idol’ go directly to the people? The only reason they can’t is because you have the cable and broadband industry that has corralled the world into thinking you need to be part of their system to get ‘American Idol.’”
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