Law and technology can work well especially in the use of technology on online dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve disputes. However technology in some ways will not give the people access to work well as seen in the recent bid to legislate on SOPA.

SOPA through  the law and its various agencies sought to stop online trafficking in copyright materials especially in intellectual property and counterfeit products, this was protested against by the people because of its perceived infringementon freedom of information.

The protest over the use of SOPA and PIPA, is one which shows the government interest to censor information online, this received intense protest from across the world. Censorship which SOPA does intend to do, in some ways is imperative for the good governance of the people, at the same time it can work against the people because it may foster a lack of accountability and lots of infringements by the people.

The enforcement of SOPA will authorise the discontinuance of sites that are perceived of copyright infringement. Government is vested with the mandate to legislate on matters that affect the daily lives of its citizens. On the other hand, there is a debate on whether the government can legislate on technology in this case SOPA.

Technology industry activists are of the view SOPA is not in the interest of the people, therefore should not be enforced. Contrary to the technologist views on SOPA, governments feel the need to bring SOPA legislation into the mainstream of all online works.

SOPA is the latest occurrence to impose rules, regulations  and legislation on the changing world of information technology. Protest on the SOPA gained momentum which has led to the suspension of the legislation on SOPA.

World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WIPO) passed by United Nations in 1996 was solely for the protection of copyright. It provided a measure of safety for information technology and at the same time faced a good measure of criticisms for its lack of applicability to various situations, rather it was seen as a ‘one size fits all ‘ which was seen as unsatisfactory.

The implementation of SOPA will to a large extent damage the puiblic freedom of information a and most importantly the freedom of expression. In ways unimaginable from sharing, discussing, reading, watching, linking/connecting.

The power of information online is a strong one. With both censored and uncensored works coming online every minute. At the end the ultimate scenario will be to keep online works free and open and at the same time have checks and balances on copyright infringement.