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Written on The Stop Online Piracy Act is the Law That America Desperately Needs. Right?:

What about sales of used goods? The manufacturers don't make a dime on such sales, so will they be pulling that off the 'Net? No more eBay, no more used books from Amazon, no more selling your things through Craigslist. Not even your dad's antiques can be listed online, it'll have to be at the flea market. Oh, and those birthday parties you put online? The song "Happy Birthday" is copyrighted, so unless you paid them for a broadcasting of the song, say goodbye to your Youtube account. Stumped playing your favorite video game, and want to watch a "Let's Play" walkthrough or read one online? Unless it's from the official source company, forget it. SOPA will only accept SPECIFIC licenses for user-created videos of copyrighted games. They'll have to issue each and every person a license to upload videos from their games. Trying to get a popularity base by having friends and family upload videos of your own work? That will be fine, until it reaches the $1000 mark in net worth, about a quarter of a concert hall's upper mezzanine seating. Some agent or scout can yank the videos, claiming they violate your copyrights eliminating other potential agents from ever seeing it. You'll have to accept that one agent's offer as that would be your only shot. Social media fan networking of artists would have through be a single OFFICIAL system once they hit the $1K mark in value, making it difficult to spread interest. You'd have to have to sell out all the seats at your first performance, to make up for the costs of spreading fame on a solo official website. The big studios can afford to set up individual fansites, but can aspiring artists?

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