Would the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) inhibit sound doctrine online?

Obviously, with Wiki down today in protest over two Internet copyright bills in the US, I’m unable to blog as they are my source of ALL information and knowledge.

The first bill is the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, and the second is the “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) in the United States Senate. Wiki is actually open for business if you wish to find out more.

But would these bills potentially impede the online fight against “False Teachers”? This blog certainly seems to think so:

What’s bad for free speech is bad for sound doctrine. In the battle for ideas, the ability to discuss those ideas freely is critical. And free discussion requires the freedom to reference and quote opposing voices.

Christian websites, blogs and radio programmes depend upon being able to make fair use of copyrighted content for the purposes of comment and criticism. Our ability to stand up for sound doctrine will be severely impaired if we cannot freely quote, embed or link to the copyrighted sermons, articles, books and videos of today’s false teachers.

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So there you go….

UPDATE: Christian Web Trends also has a piece on this. And so have ChurchMag.

4 comments on this post.
  1. Goy:

    Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.

  2. Goy:

    Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement

    Megaupload, one of the internet’s largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US.

    Have noted that access to current affairs sites are taking longer to load are these sites being censored and capped by politically motivated bandwidth strangulation in the U.K.?

  3. webmaster:

    They’re fighting back:

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/

  4. Goy:

    A quirky side effect of this maybe that when celebrates and rock stars attempt to lecture on anything concerning the right to freedom of speech and expression they will be met with howls of derision by an internet savvy audience at their industries criminal prohibition of the internet.

    “The absence of governmental regulation of Internet content has unquestionably produced a kind of chaos, but as one of the plaintiff’s experts put it with such resonance at the hearing: “What achieved success was the very chaos that the Internet is. The strength of the Internet is chaos.” – Judge Stewart Dalzell.