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Good afternoon everyone I'm Diana stayed -- a different Tracy Byrnes and if you're watching the show earlier you already -- little bit about that huge debate going on.
About Internet piracy there -- key piece of legislation in the house and senate currently and they are whipping up quite a firestorm.
Here to talk about it from the business perspective of the small business perspective -- attackers spent it I guess had to say.
It didn't respect -- CEO and co-founder of we believe which is a site that allows other people to build web -- David welcome thanks for being on.
Things are happening so.
We sort of heard a little bit of how Hollywood is looking at this act going so far as to threaten.
The president with campaign fund with cutting -- campaign funds.
So I wanted to hear a little bit from the other side.
The debate here I am wondering what is it that's so controversial.
About this piece of legislation that has so many weapons coming out against it.
Right well listen this is a huge risk for all web sites on the -- including those of small businesses.
You a really good analogy is that this is basically like if you own a store.
And someone comes in that you don't know a random person comes in your store and swords distributing bootleg dvds.
Instead of arresting that person what they're doing his direction not only shutting down your store but shutting down -- and.
-- -- -- and it kind of an interesting analogy I guess so how could this affect -- -- up.
Wikipedia obviously that was the biggest -- I mean even Google coming out against this.
But it seems like a -- trying to focus on web sites that are selling pirated.
Products you know I'm thinking more of Blake like you Megaupload dot com or you know the only version of Napster that that and probably started all of -- So why -- these sites and generally at least are perceived to make money or have they mean business be distributing pirated materials why are they so against it.
Well the reason is because I think we all agree that preventing part of materials this is is a good thing.
But but these bills specifically -- -- -- Are are are doing that at a at a really great cost they're they're actually disrupting more than just -- web sites they're disrupting US businesses and we do have bills.
Like to open act.
Then just disrupts part of web sites and not American businesses.
And then just -- for people aren't as familiar with the laws -- -- a step further from explaining your analogy and talk there is typically the difference between these laws.
And a -- that are currently on the books regarding Internet piracy and why you're so concerned that it it may border on censorship.
Well we already have laws like the DN CAA that establishes a notice and takedown procedure.
For copyright infringement the issue here is how do we deal with sites -- outside US jurisdiction.
Now with a problem with soap and -- is that that while they intend to deal just with sites outside -- -- US jurisdiction.
They actually overstepped their boundaries and was a really big threat to sites within the US so -- specifically has title one section 103.
That it's a market based takedown system that would affect all -- it's not a sudden those outside the US open actors actually.
Much more careful about how it deals with this and just targets web sites outside the US.
And sort of culture is the same thing without posing a danger to US web sites and US businesses and where is this censorship come into play.
The censorship comes in the play because of the fact it is so overreaching so going back to our analogy of small businesses.
And that store they get shut down.
This is like if your story -- shut down and you did nothing wrong.
With these bills that would be possible.
Your web -- -- get shut down when you did actually nothing wrong so not only does harm business.
But it also quote just free speech where.
-- sites are getting taken down and -- did nothing wrong inside the US.
And -- you know that's the censorship aspect.
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