House of Squared: Stop Online Censorship!

Today is SOPA resistance day. You may have noticed this when you visited Wikipedia today.

SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. It is a bill filed in the US congress that will basically give more power to IP (Intellectual Property) holders to block or stop rogue foreign sites that supposedly infringe on their copyrights. Seems like a good idea to stop online piracy right?

Maybe not.

Piratebay, last year’s top bittorrent site, has stated that neither SOPA nor PIPA scares them. What they are afraid of is the future of the internet.

There is also MAFIAAFire which is a plugin for Firefox that redirects you to the alternate domains of seized sites.

So basically, congress is risking the future of the internet for a bill that might not affect the group it is fighting.

Not only that, this bill is giving more power to groups that has been abusing the supposedly limited power that they already have. For example, a group of artist created a song to support Megaupload (a cyberlocker site) which was posted on Youtube. A few days later, it was taken down by request of Universal studio due to copyright infringement. Or when Warner Bros. was given the tool by Hotfile (another cyberlocker site) so that they can manually remove files from Hotfiles that infringes on their IP. So what did Warner Bros. do with this limited power? They also removed files whose IP they do not own. Some of it are files that are not even infringing anyone’s copyright.

In my opinion, it would be utterly stupid to give more power to these groups as they cannot be trusted with the “limited” power they already have.

Below are some sites that I usually visit with links to their article opposing SOPA.


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House of Squared is written by that guy who knows more than the average Duterte supporter, which isn't saying much given that most of them are morons.

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