SOPA stands for “Stop online piracy act” and it is a United States bill which is expected to shatter many fields including the average ‘Blogs’ of average internet users.The bill is meant to protect copyright holders against online intellectual property violations.It would make web hosting services legally responsible for policing the content on their own sites.SOPA attempts to particularly address and stop websites from linking to pirated or infringing content. If this proposed legislation SOPA becomes law, the burden will be on individuals and web hosts to explain their tough situations.Web Hosting companies will be responsible once they host a site that holds copyrighted content.
Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites.(From Wikipedia)
According to SOPA,(ISP)Internet service providers would have to block copyright violating sites from reach to internet users.Search engines would have to remove them from search results.
If the SOPA is passed by the U.S Congress,it would give the government,the power to block websites that infringe and would increase penalties for those who violate copyright laws.Web hosts will need to make some changes to existing policies and procedures so that they protect themselves and the copyright holders.
This Bill will prevent any search that would have previously included both foreign and domestic sites that may contain copyright infringing material will no longer appear in the search results.The Blocked domains would become totally invisible from searches and can never be accessed as the ISPs will have to protect the copyright holder’s rights.The Bill has strong support from organizations that rely on copyright.Earlier Godaddy supported the bill.But now it doesn’t support it.
But there are also opponents to the SOPA including New York Times and Los Angeles Times, 34 organizations, and many hundreds of prominent individuals.
An entire web hosting service could disappear without receiving a DMCA takedown notice. The process for fixing and overturning such takedowns has yet to be publicly announced.But however,it can be expected to be strict and SOPA would influence all Web hosts,individuals,websites,blogs and many other elements associated with the Internet.