Apple siding with SOPA?
Apple has been very hush-hush about the whole ideal. They haven't openly said yes or no, which is probably a good thing for the company since siding either way could hurt the company's stock or consumer faith. Regardless of Apple not saying anything, 9to5Mac has found some incredibly coincidental situations that might put Apple into the spot of agreeing with SOPA. If you don't know what SOPA is, you can read my rendition of it here
. This rendition is completely from my own mind with some quotes from other sources. It is opinionated
, but it also holds some realistic facts. Feel free to read it if you are interested, leave comments if you like.
So what has Apple done, said, or shown that could possibly put them on the side of SOPA? For starters, Apple is very vulgar against piracy. They have shown it through their high security, application piracy prevention, and their own Web Site
which hosts a place to report piracy to Apple. True, Apple does have some strict piracy allegations, but so what?
It goes further. 9to5Mac reports that Apple supports SOPA by Proxy. Looking at what that means right off the bat can be hard to understand. Analyzing it myself, I think it means that Apple supports it quietly. I think that because using a Proxy server yourself has the effect of hiding you from whatever you are connecting to. It could mean something else, but I think it means Apple supports SOPA secretly and they don't want to share their official opinion which could hurt their company's reputation. This paragraph is open for discussion, so feel free to comment in the comments below.
Furthermore, Apple is a close relative to Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA). These companies work hard to battle piracy as it happens; additionally, Apple works with them to battle it. Piracy is a major problem around the world, but the United States has a major figure of piracy on its own. Albeit piracy is a worldwide problem, the United States accounts for a very high number of the world's piracy. Apple, working with anti-piracy companies, leads to the implication that they might side with the moral meaning of SOPA. Many very large companies have already spoken out against SOPA, ironically enough, Apple did not. The list of companies that spoke out against SOPA can be read about in my rendition.
Since Apple has not openly stated an opinion against SOPA, it's very hard to discern exactly what they feel about it. But one thing is certain, Apple has a very rough policy for pirates. They help corporations battle piracy, and themselves, offer a way to report it. Since SOPA has the main objective to help eliminate piracy, it only makes sense. Since Apple has remained so quiet about it, it certainly raises some flags. But we shouldn't assume without first gathering some facts. However we can still discuss our feelings about it!
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