My first post this year will be a short one but nevertheless a very important one.
The Free Internet in the USA is at risk!
It is challenged by two proposed laws which basically will allow or even require censorship.
While the intent of the legislation is noble, “Stop online piracy and copyright theft!” The means the law provides will do more harm than good. And not only in the USA. There will be some global collateral effects as well.
At least this is my personal take.
Some say, “This will break the Internet as we know it!”
Here is what I wrote in a private forum earlier today.
Interesting sometime “hot” discussion here.
Successful pirates move faster than any law enforcement. They always have been and always will. That’s their business model.
They need to be stopped where they are.
No US law will stop them.
This law might stop some amateurs with a negligible volume, but not the big boys (and girls.)
… and this law will cause more collateral damage than the society will benefit from it.
Why We’ve Censored Wired.com (↑) by Evan Hansen on Wired, saying, “SOPA and PIPA represent a legal strategy that focuses the attention of business leaders on stopping losses rather than promoting innovation and building new products. It obfuscates the fact that piracy is, in the long run, an unavoidable cost of doing business, one that should be bearable provided the fundamentals of the business (say, customer satisfaction) are sound.”
VC (venture capitalist) Fred Wilson argues that Hollywood's piracy problem is actually home-made, saying, "But denying customers the films they want, on the devices they want to watch them, when they want to watch them is not a great business model. It leads to piracy, as we have discussed here many times, but more importantly it also leads to the loss of a transaction to a competing form of entertainment."