There has been an information overload about both SOPA and Bill C‑11. Readers have understood that these proposals would protect musicians, filmmakers and writers from having their work stolen and distributed over the Internet, but what's been misconstrued is what potential changes would mean to Canadians using the Internet. How would Bill C‑11 affect Canadians' experience online? How would SOPA affect Canadians' experience online?
SOPA, if had been enacted, could have shut down all kinds of Canadian websites - including perfectly legitimate ones - based upon an extremely aggressive extraterritorial approach with very little due process that would require Canadians and other foreign parties to defend themselves in American courts at enormous expense and with little chance of success. This is not just paranoid fear mongering. Those who fought for SOPA have been trying their best in the American courts to shut down YouTube for several years just because of cute cat and baby videos that supposedly infringe entertainment industry content. SOPA would have enabled this kind of overreach.