North Andover, MA (January 9, 2012) -- Online community network Delphi Forums has resigned from the Better Business Bureau to protest the group's support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) appears on a list of SOPA supporters released by the House Judiciary Committee [link].
In a letter to CBBB President and CEO Stephen A. Cox, Delphi Forums Vice President Dave Cayem wrote of the dangers posed by SOPA:
"If passed, this ill-conceived legislation could have a devastating impact on small businesses like ours that host message boards and other user-generated content. We understand the need to guard against intellectual property theft and fully support the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which includes reasonable provisions that require us to make a good faith effort to deal with complaints from copyright owners. However, SOPA has the potential to cripple small businesses like ours with costly legal battles even if we respond to copyright infringement complaints in a timely and responsible manner."
Delphi Forums had been a Better Business Bureau member since 2006.
Delphi Forums was instrumental in laying the groundwork for modern social media as home to some of the earliest online communities, many of which continue to thrive today.About Delphi Forums
Delphi Forums is a thriving network of member-created, member-managed online communities. Anyone can create a forum, and participation is free. Unlike other social media sites, Delphi Forums members organize themselves around specific topics. Members discuss their shared interests on easy-to-use message boards, in real-time chat rooms, through blogs, and via flexible self-managed member profiles. These interactions create a rich and valuable resource of content for those seeking information, advice, or support. Forum hosts have access to powerful moderation tools, allowing them to grow active communities while keeping troublemakers out. Through premium DelphiPlus and DelphiExtra subscription plans, members can purchase advanced features and limit advertising.