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justjimmy says

I think Envato needs to look at this more carefully and start educating the authors and screening everything more carefully.

It’s not even about politics at this point. It’s about educating and understanding.

Regardless of the outcome of the bill, it’s within Envato’s interest as a business to start have dialogues and conversations, and yes, taking a stand.

SOPA would really hurt Envato (1 copy right slip up and the entire Envato network gets shut down – guilty till proven innocent, yes that’s how SOPA works).

Wouldn’t it be in Envato’s interest to start looking into this and take a stand? And using the site’s reach and influence and educate the authors and its audience? Why not join the ranks of Facebook and Google and open dialogues? If this kind of subject is too political (till Envato gets shut down and everyone loses their jobs), then open up a forum where discussions of more serious nature can take place.

Don’t wait till a decision is made for you, make a decision yourself now.

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NuclearThemes says

I haven’t taken a look at the details so sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but will a bill passed in the US affect people / companies based elsewhere?

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organicbee says

only if there sites are hosted in the US(which most are)

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omarabid says

SOPA will be benefit Envato more than it’ll hurt.

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LucidStudios says

I haven’t taken a look at the details so sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but will a bill passed in the US affect people / companies based elsewhere?

Whether the legislation affects people/companies in other countries or not but it will surely will have a severe effect on the entire world as USA is the major player in web business.

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justjimmy says

The problem with SOPA is it’s an awesome idea. But the method is so broken. I mean who doesn’t want to stop piracy?

Imagine a new person uploads an icon that he took from somewhere else but had no indication whether it was copy righted. It gets approved, then later someone reports that file.

Bam.

Entire Envato network gets shut down. Yes, not just Graphicriver or Themeforest. Everything.

Post a meme on a forum? Chances are that image needs ‘permission’. Bam, entire forum gets shut down.

Youtube, Facebook, Reddit all will have strict censorship rules if they want to stay afloat.

An analogy would be someone drives a Toyota, runs over someone with it, Bam. Every single Toyota are now banned.

That’s how SOPA will work.

Let that sink in and you’ll realize this isn’t even politics. It’s something bigger.

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justjimmy says

SOPA will be benefit Envato more than it’ll hurt.

This is why people needs to understand SOPA . Not just see the title ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ and then immediately support it.

Read between the lines.

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JamiGibbs says

I think this is a topic that’s important to understand and discuss but the forum rules very clearly state that threads regarding anything political in nature or about piracy should not be discussed on the marketplace.

But please feel free to do research on the issue and/or find other outlets of discussion for it. Unfortunately, the marketplace forums are not the place at this time.

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