Ethical IssuesRecently, the government attempted to restrict the
trafficking in intellectual property by introducing the Stop Online
Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Both of these proposals
were extremely controversial as many viewed them as a restriction on
first amendment rights. Select one of these bills and research it
thoroughly. Explain the purpose behind the bill and why it was
controversial. Then, explain whether you feel that it is an illegal
restriction on the freedom of speech, or if it is a necessary law to
protect intellectual property rights.
Respond to at least two classmates. Select one classmate who chose
to report on the other bill (in other words, if you chose SOPA, select a
classmate that reported on PIPA). Read their post. Do you agree with
their analysis of their bill? Why or why not?