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  • Apple to Stop Supporting SOPA; Also Microsoft, Intel, Adobe

    Apple had originally sided with SOPA in the hopes to stop software piracy.

    Apple, being a software giant like Adobe, Intel, Microsoft, and Sony, had originally thought that the moral idea behind SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) sounded like a good idea. Now, all four of those companies are backing away from it. Why? Because they took a closer look at the bill and saw what it really gave the government the power to do. If you're unfamiliar with SOPA, 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.

    As we reported last week, Apple supposedly sided with SOPA by proxy. Proxy meaning that they secretly supported it. Now, it seems, Apple is changing their mind because the bill brings some rather questionable powers to the government.

    At first, the bill sounded good. Stopping all piracy, blocking questionable piracy sites, and helping the companies keep making money off of their products. In essence, any software company could agree with that. Most of them did (about a month ago). As the bill was introduced, more was unveiled about it. Albeit the bill would bring reduced numbers of piracy, it would also bring about an unstable internet in which the government or law enforcement could seize and shut down any Web Site that held questionable content or broke the law. This is where they over-stepped the line. Many companies already disagreed with the bill because of this, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo, and Zynga to name a few. It makes sense, because all of these companies have something to do with media, something that is pirated very frequently. The only one that you might disagree with me on that with is Mozilla, but think about it, you need a Web Browser to see Web Sites, so in essence, the government could have blocked them to stop piracy too.

    Apple doesn't like the idea of the government having the ability to control the internet. Apple is a large seller of music and music is media. Apple also sells movies on iTunes as well as music. Movies are also media. Apple also has a market for applications, which are also media. Social media is anything that we can use to connect with each other over the internet to communicate, to share, to converse, and to laugh. It's a very broad term that includes anything you can do on a computer because everything you download is nothing but data. Data is social and media is data, it's how we communicate.

    Christian Dawson, COO of ServInt, had this to say about SOPA:
    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Dawson
    ... if you walked into Best Buy and saw something on the shelf you thought was pirated merchandise, under a law like the DMCA you would work with the store to get that product off the shelf. Under a law like PIPA or SOPA, you would force the landlord to close Best Buy. Innovation cannot thrive in such an environment. Businesses won’t tolerate continuing to host on U.S.-based servers with the uncertainty that this model creates. Enacting such laws to combat copyright infringement would be like using a flamethrower to find a needle in a haystack.
    So now that the biggest supporters of SOPA have pulled themselves away from the dubbed, "Anti-piracy" bill, do you think it will still get passed? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: MSNBC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Stop Supporting SOPA; Also Microsoft, Intel, Adobe started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      Im sorry, @ CHShuldiner is who I meant, I find it funny you actually joined modmyi a few months ago and tell me to go where I came from. I recall joining this site when it was called modmyifone, did you just join this site because mommy and daddy got you a shiny new phone?
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Quote Originally Posted by prodigy View Post
      I left this site LONG ago because of the idiocy that has joined as of late
      1) If you left a long time ago, why are you here?
      2) If you left a LONG time ago, how are you aware of the idiocy that has joined as of late?
      3) SOPA should shut you down
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      I check all the time, I just don't post. Are you serious dude? You don't get what America truly stands for, and I apologize that everything is just handed to you kids nowadays, because you won't understand until it's too late. SOPA should shut me down? You agree that there shall be no free speech, is that it? Because of what I chose to post about? I was informing you the US owns the internet. That needed said. You c0dy can honestly say what you want. That is free speech. Obviously don't support democracy.

      Once again though, I'm told by someone who has been here for a far shorter time than I, that I should leave. You see why I don't post. Silly kid. You know all too well just what others should do. There's a word for that as well. They called it communism. You may as well support SOPA.
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      I don't think it will get passed to be honest.. We have a right to vote don't we? If people understand that the Internet will be completely controlled by the government they'd hate this.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Keep the debate and disscusion clean. No need to worry about who has been here longer or who hasn't. Insulting other member is against the rules.

      Keep it a clean.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Quote Originally Posted by xNEOxGENESISx View Post
      Leaving America asap if this thing gets passed. And Hundreds of thousands more will follow.
      Even if you leave, the sites that are shut down will stay shut down.
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      i dont live in the us but i sincerely hope that this bill doesnt get passed as im sure it will affect the rest of the world to some extent i used to live in a place(Dubai) where the isps/government blocked sites at their own free will Free Skype internet calls and cheap calls to phones online - Skype was blocked which is absolutely retarded from what i read it looks like this would be an american equivalent to the great wall of china or even worse there should be a better way to curb piracy
    1. texan's Avatar
      texan -
      Full-Blown communism after a while, this is just the beginning.
    1. bigstudio's Avatar
      bigstudio -
      Quote Originally Posted by donkeykongking View Post
      ... i live in canada eh so were good 'ere
      Unfortunately, you will not be good since the US controls DNS and one way sites are shut down by removing their DNS entires. But that aside, if entire servers are taken down because of one bad file then ANYONE wanting to access anything on that server will be affected regardless of where they live. So if someone say modmyi is hosting something illegal, there goes the site, and every other site on the server. Living in Canada is no protection.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      What everybody fails to really recognize is that this government does what they want when they want. They're able to make loop holes wherever they want. We all have a false sense of independence and freedom, but when it comes down to it they can and will find a way to do what they'd like. Just because Apple and other major companies have decided to back out from supporting this bill doesn't mean that the government will not find others, even if it takes unheard about threats or payoffs. I know this post may seem a bit on the conspiracy side, but what I'm saying is true. They will do what they want and find a so-called "legit" way to do it IF they want it bad enough.
    1. Christodouluke's Avatar
      Christodouluke -
      Quote Originally Posted by xNEOxGENESISx View Post
      Leaving America asap if this thing gets passed. And Hundreds of thousands more will follow.
      eeeerrrrrrmmmm no they won't.
      Where do you plan on going if it gets passed?
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christodouluke View Post
      eeeerrrrrrmmmm no they won't.
      Where do you plan on going if it gets passed?
      Honestly, some things u cant run from.. But i'd stick with Mars or the Moon. You'll probably have less problems living there - at least against the SOPA right?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I guess a simple article is all it takes to get the crazies (conspiracy theorists) out from there bunkers. Put your tinfoil hats back on folks. It's not safe!
    1. drka0tic's Avatar
      drka0tic -
      I really don't think this bill will get too far. There are so many corporations that will be affected. The gov't will be threatened with thousands of lawsuits claiming rights violations; and whose gonna pay the $$$$ in legal fees.
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      It's no conspiracy what the government is actually trying to do. It didn't at all stem from this article, I've been following this for weeks. Check out the bill. Enables full censorship of anything. To protect who? The RIAA and a few multi billion dollar companies. It's just the lead into full censorship. It would allow for DPI, deep packet inspection at the ISP level. Fully grasp this before calling it a conspiracy.

      Deep packet inspection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


      And to put it shortly..it's a way for them to control hacking/pirating/DDos/man-in-the-middle attacks/buffer under/overflow attacks. It is what system is used in Iran and China.
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      Quote Originally Posted by prodigy View Post
      Im sorry, @ CHShuldiner is who I meant, I find it funny you actually joined modmyi a few months ago and tell me to go where I came from. I recall joining this site when it was called modmyifone, did you just join this site because mommy and daddy got you a shiny new phone?
      Aw modmyifone! The good old days when you actually had to do some work to jailbreak your phone and installer ruled the world! I agree fully that most of the young guns on here just seem like they enjoy hearing themselves talk. I am still an avid visiter and comment every now and then, generally in defense of the writers when some English professor (turns out this community is full of them) decides to show everyone just how smart they are and start correcting spelling instead of posting worth while comments. I'm sure they're already scouring through this post to see if I've made any mistakes.

      This won't get passed, even though I agree that the government doesn't give a rats a** about the bill of rights or the rest of the constitution. Much to big of a risk for the current political powers. And I highly doubt hundreds, let alone hundreds of thousands will leave if it does pass.

      Here's a toast to all of those who remember jailbreaking iOS 1.1.1!!
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      Thank you @trevorrawson, I visit and remember the days as well. Before script kiddies thought they "***xor3d" their phones because they downloaded redsn0w. Slainte to 1.1 brother!

      Edit: And now I can't say " H4ksored?"

      Post Edit: When it did require h4cking though it kept the kids away. That and my first iPhone was about $500. I'm not even into it anymore because it got really easy and I just LOVED the first iPhone so much!
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christodouluke View Post
      eeeerrrrrrmmmm no they won't.
      Where do you plan on going if it gets passed?
      I'll be leaving my hosting provider if this gets passed, and thousands WILL follow.
      Its a sure way to cripple another industry in an already failing economy.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by trevorrawson View Post
      Aw modmyifone! The good old days when you actually had to do some work to jailbreak your phone and installer ruled the world! I agree fully that most of the young guns on here just seem like they enjoy hearing themselves talk. I am still an avid visitor and comment every now and then, generally in defense of the writers when some English professor (turns out this community is full of them) decides to show everyone just how smart they are and start correcting spelling instead of posting worth while comments. I'm sure they're already scouring through this post to see if I've made any mistakes.

      This won't get passed, even though I agree that the government doesn't give a rats a** about the bill of rights or the rest of the constitution. Much too big of a risk for the current political powers. And I highly doubt hundreds, let alone hundreds of thousands will leave if it does pass.

      Here's a toast to all of those who remember jailbreaking iOS 1.1.1!!
      Couldn't resist.
    1. werm098's Avatar
      werm098 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prodigy View Post
      I left this site LONG ago because of the idiocy that has joined as of late but I wish to clarify.This WILL NOT PASS. We will simply shut down the internet as we know it if they try this."I will move out of the country blah blah if they blah blah." Really? America literally OWNS the internet. Do you understand that DNS' run the internet? America told the UN that we will INDEFINITELY OWN ALL DOMAIN NAME SERVERS when it came time to relinquish some of the control. The United States owns all 13 domain name servers that run the ENTIRE internet. If we control them, we can shut down anything foreign easily as well. PirateBay, KAT, anything. There is a LOT more to this than you guys are even scratching at. The US government is trying to control the entire world worth of media with censorship. That is all this is about. Supporting a few large companies is the ploy, world media domination through censorship is the true goal.
      I would just like to make the factual statement that you dont need a DNS server to connect to another server. DNS(Domain Name Server) is only for the ".com's".