SOPA: Cancer of the Internet
What is SOPA you ask? SOPA is an ancrony for “Stop Online Piracy Act” view a more in-depth definition at Wikipedia. Now while this in concept may not sound so bad, and may actually come across as a noble concept of trying to put an end to illegal distribution of copyrighted materials such as music, movies, software, books, basically anything that can be digitalized and copied in a not so legal fashion.\r\n\r\nThe cruel ugly fact remains that it will be forever possible. I don’t say this cause I support such activities but you have to put it into perspective. If there’s a will there’s a way, when one person or set of people put there mind to crossing that line and start producing illegal copies of all the above mentioned they will eventually do it. Fail safes are put into line to try and prevent everyday normal people from getting around obtaining things free. But those fails safes are built, if your clever enough you will find a way to hinder those methods. Its been a battle between companies and pirates of software for well over a decade.\r\n\r\nNow here is where SOPA comes in. SOPA is more so or less a collection of big industry players such as the RIAA and MPA crying broke cause many people the world over download MP3s and Movies cause they can’t afford to pay 30 dollars to go see a movie or pay for those 15-30 songs they like so much. I think it was best said by the people over at MAFIAAFire (note this isn’t a politically correct document, they say it how they see it and how they feel about it).\r\n\r\nAnywho the bottom line to this article is today on TechCrunch I read an article that made me realize SOPA is coming to fruition in particular with Godaddy, where I have my 100+ domains registered and have had them there for some years now. They are openly supporting SOPA. Which makes me want to jump ship with them after all these years of great service from them.\r\n\r\nNow why am I saying that. I did mention this Act is the Cancer of the Internet after all. I say this because of the underlying factor that if you go and find the actual SOPA draft you will find there is very little control over the notion and just as much regulation of how this act is to be moderated. Basically if Company X decides that they don’t like what I have to say about a movie, or if I post a video of my son which happens to have a radio on in the background playing some song and Company X doesn’t like that the song is there they can issue a demand to just have my domain removed from my ownership and have my site shut down. Note how I mentioned barely any control or regulation towards how these requests are made. Basically what will happen is with out investigation and without much more than maybe an email I can allegedly contest but won’t get any reply from; A company can just say hey I don’t like this dispatch the request and likely within days my sites gone.\r\n\r\nAnother thing to think about is, what does this do to sites like youtube, facebook, myspace, twitter, etc? Are all of our accounts going to get deleted and the sites shut down because in all SOPA seeks to take freedom of speech away the internet? Oh no, you quoted a movie your account is now suspended. Think about it.\r\n\r\n And now an interesting song/video I came across on the subject (NSFW: adult language)\r\n
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