Today the internet will start to die.

Since yesterday (17th November 2011), the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill backed by MPAA will has went through the halls of power at Washington. This bill is to force censorship for the world, and to give the US Justice Department, the power to tell ISP’s to blocked sites which are suspected of hosting/linking to copyrighted material on any given site.

From Youtube to WikiLeaks, any site accused of having copyrighted material on their site will be blocked and before us not living in the US start to laugh, let’s just remember. Most of the internet’s hardware is hosted in America, so America will now be policing the internet.

Mozilla, Reddit & OMG! Ubuntu! all blacked out their logos, in support to stop this censorship bill going through, although it’s most inevitable that it will, Facebook, Twitter & Google have all “expressed concern” over the bill not to mention many other technology companies. One even wrote:

“…the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites. We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation, as well as to our Nation’s cybersecurity. We cannot support these bills as written…”

So what’s your opinion on this? What do think is going to happen?

Probably not a lot will happen … there are already laws in place to censor sites (and indeed take them down altogether) and come down on copyright infringers … this just seems like putting it all in one place.

As for the US censoring other countries internet, if they somehow censored a UK resident, or a Chinese resident from accessing content from their own country … this would be viewed as a cyber terrorism attack, and could be construed as an act of war … though you could pretty much guarantee our idiotic government would fall in line and kiss yank a** again.

But we’ll have to wait and see how it is USED, and how the interweb reacts.

The UK police talked the government OUT of censoring sites like Twitter after the riots … so they could track and arrest people … if they censored Twitter, people would just go elsewhere … it wouldn’t stop the internet from being used to organise such things, it would just make it harder for the police to track.

After all, the government(s) and the MPAA, etc. want to FINE/SUE/ARREST infringers … not stop them altogether, or drive them underground.

It was only a matter of time…
look at TPB (The Pirate Bay) They get lots of letters and emails telling them to stop hosting the illegal files (Doh! don’t they know they don’t have any files on their servers) Download music, movies, games, software! The Pirate Bay - The galaxy's most resilient BitTorrent site

They are in Sweden, which as anyone knows, is NOT part of America.

Why does America think it’s got the rights to do this and be the ones laying down the law and policing the internet, are they now the ‘world police’. They seem to think they can put their armed forces anywhere, but that’s a different matter

Anyone remember the filesharing programs, KaZaa and Limewire?