Andem - 12:35 am on Dec 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Just to add:
SOPA is a piece of legislation designed to assist copyright holders in protecting their intellectual property. It would allow the US government to force anyone with a Domain Name System (DNS) to stop providing name services to alleged pirate sites, but they wouldn’t require any proof.
This seems like a very real and easy way to censor anything. The government would be the enforcer (hello, USSR? DDR? PRC?). This sounds almost like filing a DMCA, except it would be a SOPA. And the SOPA could be filed the same way a DMCA would be filed, IE. with a 'good faith belief that ...'. Have I got it wrong?
Well.. scenario: CNN publishes an article about something I don't agree with. I file a SOPA with the U.S. government and all of a sudden, cnn.com becomes inaccessible to almost everybody because DNS is exactly that, Domain Name System. Not page-wide, not a directory and not even necessarily a subdomain but every cnn.com record.
Another scenario, but more likely: Some RIAA employee searches Google for "Widget Torrent" and all of a sudden, they find a download to a full album of the latest and greatest band. Does this mean that this new legislation could effectively disable access to google.com?