POS 220 - a SOPA is the acronym for Stop Online Piracy...

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a. SOPA is the acronym for “Stop Online Piracy Act” (Pepitone 2012). It can be defined as a proposed bill whose intention was to crackdown on copyright infringement on the internet as well as to shutdown online trafficking on counterfeit goods. Their goal was to restrict access to sites that have the ability to host the trading of content that is pirated (Pepitone 2012). SOPA focused on websites such as torrent hubs, including Pirate Bay, which is a trove for illegal downloads (Pepitone, 2012). The passing of a bill could involve the shutdown of entire website if it holds information to a suspected site. SOPA believes that internet content protection is needed goal. But some have argued that SOPA promotes censorship and potentially has consequences that they may not want (Pepitone 2012). Because of major opposition from tech companies the bill was postponed. I personally agree that this act would violate the First Amendment protection of free speech for a number of reasons. For example, free speech rights will be disturbed if a law was placed on websites that made them police their own content ( Wassom, 2014) . If a threat of strict liability is found for infringing content they will lose their right for freedom of speech ( Wassom, 2014) . Next, any such threat as SOPA would prevent websites from implementing any new approaches to linking third party content which would deter from new types of communication ( Wassom, 2014) . SOPA would require a private party to suppress with prior notice or a judicial hearing. Because of these reasons I believe that the First Amendment would be violated with the passing of SOPA.
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b.In the 2014 Supreme Court Case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that "closely held for- profit companies" may enact religious exemptions as they pertain to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) provision requiring contraception coverage for their employees. In the case, the Supreme Court ruled 5- 4, that the ACA's provision violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFA), as well as the Free Exercise of Religion clause of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court in its majority decision stated that "applying the ACA’s requirement is not the least restrictive means of serving a compelling government interest." Do you agree with the Supreme Court's ruling that "closely held for-profit companies" such as Hobby Lobby can be exempted from federal mandates or laws on the First Amendment "free expression" grounds? Why or why not? Use the lesson notes and at least one news source for your answer.
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  • Spring '13
  • NicoleDuquette
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States Bill of Rights

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