[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/01/xq03pr.jpg[/newsimage]Love him or hate him, Bill Maher has made a career out of poking fun at serious issues. A recent episode of his HBO comedy show "Real Time with Bill Maher" found the divisive comedian playing devil's advocate for the recently sidelined anti-piracy legislation SOPA. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/bill-maher-sopapipa-criticism-may-be-a-red-herring-57693/](http://www.myce.com/news/bill-maher-sopapipa-criticism-may-be-a-red-herring-57693/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Regardless of who the primary target of the legislation was, it had huge implications and broad wording that would have potentially brought down a huge portion of the internet.
[QUOTE=iamrocket;2620064]Regardless of who the primary target of the legislation was, it had huge implications and broad wording that would have potentially brought down a huge portion of the internet.[/QUOTE]
Complete takedown on an international internet site without any legal controls, questions, warnings, or even notice that the USA has SOPA’d your site … Only 7 days to identify the reason, prepare a legal response and appeal the permanent disbanding of your site … And then the site operator has to agree to be subject to US jurisdiction in order to appeal.
It’s almost like the USA thinks it has any sort of authority over citizens of / businesses in other countries.
Hmmm … where to begin?
The rest of the world is thinking … F@#& the USA, while laughing at the parallel between the usa’s PIPA/SOPA and the great firewall of China, or the nutjob firewall of Iran.
If there is any chance that these could possibly pass, all US based sites/servers/IT structure will abandon US soil, taking the associated technical jobs with them.
All internet control structure will be moved overseas, outside US control and the USA will become an internet culdesac, and a spectator in the information world.
Manufacturing, even Apple, have abandoned the Usa for cheaper pastures … I.T. Services are already being outsourced to cheaper countries, PIPA & SOPA are just the catalyst the last bastion of I.T companies need to flick the switch off and walk out on the USA.