Usenet Threatened by SOPA

Usenet companies are able to operate because they are protected by the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. But now, the new SOPA legislation may do away with that safe harbor. See the DMCA section of the SOPA Wikipedia article.

If you enjoy Usenet, now would be a good time to make your congressional representatives aware of your feelings.

2 Responses to “Usenet Threatened by SOPA”

  1. Robert Statkus says:

    I urge opposition to the DMCA section of SOPA because it infringes on First Amendment rights, it is Internet censorship that it will cripple the Internet and will threaten whistle-blowing and other free speech rights.

  2. admin says:


    Yes, it’s true. It’s not just Usenet that will suffer. Even seemingly innocuous websites like Stack Overflow will be impacted. See Joel Spolsky’s comments here.


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