Tumblr's David Karp and the US Copyright Office Director on the Stop Online Piracy Act

Friday, November 18, 2011

School photos, classroom, computers, students. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Tumblr CEO David Karp and Maria Pallante, United States Copyright Office director, join The Takeaway for two very distinct views on the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill's stated purpose is to shut down websites that host or post pirated material and counterfeit goods. Hearings on bill began earlier this week in the House. Another version of the bill, called the PROTECT IP Act, already passed in the Senate.

David Karp, the CEO of Tumblr. Tumblr, Firefox and Reddit drew broad black lines on their websites Wednesday to protest the bill. Tumblr has encouraged users to call Congress to urge them to stop the bill.

Maria Pallante, director of the United States Copyright Office, said in her testimony in support of SOPA before Congress on Wednesday, "It is my view that if Congress does not continue to provide serious responses to online piracy, the U.S. copyright system will ultimately fail."


David Karp and Maria Pallante

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves and Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

What happened to a cease and desist letter? Someone sends one of these letters and the majority of folks comply. If a neighbor says you have their property in your house the cops don't lock you out of the house.

This bill is more than just looking out for copyright owners. It's a form of retribution against people who may or may not be guilty of copyright infringement.

Nov. 18 2011 10:18 AM
Gary Herbstman from Boca Raton FL

Consideration needs to be made for website owners. Some companies like Getty use heavy handed and extortionist tactics against small business owners. Take a look at this site for more info: http://extortionletterinfo.com.

These companies are taking advantage of people and using extortion type techniques.

Nov. 18 2011 09:45 AM

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