As this video clearly and cleverly explains, SOPA/PIPA is not about better defining IP laws or even about censorship. Ultimately, SOPA/PIPA is about reducing and/or eliminating the “creative” industries’ competition. Basically, the proposed legislation is intended to give corporations monopoly power (keep in mind that this is entirely constitutional). This does, however, bring up an interesting conundrum: does this legislation not violate antitrust laws?
The answer, rather obviously, is yes. Fortunately, the question over what gets precedence in this conflict of law has already been answered by the constitution: IP monopoly trumps antitrust. However, now seems a good a time as ever to ask a simple question: If competition is necessary to consumer protection (hence antitrust laws, presumably), why does this thinking not extend to IP?