Is SOPA legislation a threat to fantasy sports content providers?
Submitted by Randy Burgess on Fri, 2011-11-11 22:07
Congress is currently considering legislation that could seriously harm sports fans and their favorite sports websites. If sports fans don't speak up, some sports blogs could be shut down in the future for violating copyright or if users post links to sites that stream games online. Worse, those sports fans trying to find their favorite games streaming online will be more susceptible to identity theft and cyberattacks.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (the Senate version is known as PROTECT IP) is the latest attempt to crack down on illegal pirating of movies and music and sites that stream television programming. But this legislation is much more draconian than existing law -- greatly expanding the reach of the federal government .
For starters, as a result of this legislation, blogging networks like SB Nation, FanSided and others could effectively be shut down if users post too much copyrighted material or too many links to streaming sites. Some of these larger sites may have the resources to effectively police their comments to remove such posts but some individual fan sites may not. In addition, the legislation certainly contains a chilling effect on free speech.
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We have read a few other posts regarding SOPA and it does come across as over-reaching. As with most legislation proposed, the folks pushing it aim high and Congress (sometimes) brings it to the middle, but this piece of law is definitely not something to take lightly. Maybe the FSTA lobbyist can jump in and make sure we're covered.
SOPA Will Have Serious Implications For Sports Fans And Blogs
Brian Frederick, Executive Director of the Sports Fans Coalition and an assistant professor at Georgetown University.