The Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, is a bill that grants power to the federal government and copyright holders to take actions against sites that promote copyright infringement. The problem with the bill is its murky definition of what makes a site in violation. A site is in violation of the act if it operates with the “object of promoting, or has promoted, its use to carry out acts that constitute a violation” of copyright. Unfortunately, this includes any site that allows users to post text, images, audio or videos. There is no additional process for determining if a site actually infringes on this criteria.
At Behance, we take copyright very seriously. As an online platform for Creative Professionals, one of our goals is to help you get the exposure you deserve while at the same time protecting your work with copyright settings. Currently, we allow an assortment of copyright options via Creative Commons licensing, which is what most major photo-sharing sites use. We believe this affords a great balance of protecting your work and allowing it to get the exposure it deserves.