23 12 11 - 08:38The outrage over SOPA is stupid and foolish. SOPA is a bigger version of the DMCA, which allows copyright holders to yank content from sites. In this case however, SOPA allows copyright holders to point out that some domains do nothing but serve up pirated material. Is SOPA a stupid idea? Yes, in that there are better ways of handling this. What is SOPA primarily? Government pandering to lobbyists who don't want to pay for the high cost of enforcement otherwise.
However, the whole debate misses a huge point:
Major Internet companies have formed a united front in their opposition to the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. Well, almost. One exception has been the domain registrar GoDaddy. In an op-ed published in Politico shortly after SOPA was introduced in the House, GoDaddy applauded the bill and called opponents âmyopic.â
Now furious Internet users at reddit (owned by Advance Publications, which also owns CondÃ© Nast) have organized a boycott of the registrar. - Wired
First, Redditors are stupid. If life has failed you and you want to make excuses, you go to Reddit, which occasionally attracts intelligent users for the news content but is almost entirely populated by teenage burnouts who refuse to take responsibility for their own slop-ass failed lives.
Second, there is no single webhost or registrar in America who will not succumb to this simple hack: make up a plausible name of a law firm, buy a disposable cell phone, and send yourself a registered letter in the name of that law firm claiming that a web site has pirated material on it. The webhost will remove the material or more likely, close the account; the registrar will freeze the domain name.
In fact, GoDaddy has been known to yank domain names from a simple phone call.
Our problem here isn't SOPA, but the fact that in general, our society pays attention to complainers and uses that as an excuse to yank a range of content. Who really cares about the pirated content? It belongs on darknets anyway. The true censorship occurs when "outraged citizens" use "people power" to cause public-attention-wary companies to yank any potentially "offensive" content.
SOPA will at best interrupt piracy for six months before being rescinded.