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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. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Good news that big companies that were supporting this won't support it anymore I'm really scare about it because this can bring chaos and mayhem to earth
    1. arem's Avatar
      arem -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      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!
      Ignorance at it's pinnacle.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by maddawg05 View Post
      Then you've got a whole different set of problems j/k
      Ha! That was a good one..made me laugh
    1. AMDKilla's Avatar
      AMDKilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by werm098 View Post
      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".
      Exactly, if you know the IP address / port number of the host, then you can still connect to it. Thing is, if Europe can make an alternative to GPS (sending high tech equipment into space that is more accurate than GPS costing billions of euros), then I'm sure they can make a compatible alternative to DNS... Would be a good chance to roll out IPv6 system wide in a single move :P
    1. Kavok's Avatar
      Kavok -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      Even if it does get passed, it will be ultimately held unconstitutional. Really, it is a law governing the free exercise of speech, so it is obviously in violation of the first amendment.It's too bad that when a bill that violates the constitution passes that those that voted for it don't go to jail. It would really reduce the number of these kinds of bills.
      The Federal government no longer cares what is constitutional. They are out to create a socialist/fascist state and the Internet is a threat to that. More so than radio, books, or television ever were. If you control how people communicate, you control them. This legistlation is pure evil. While it may have been formed with good intentions, the end result only throws the country back to the 1940's.
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      If this gets passed you can bet I will make hardcore love to the goverment officials faces who voted yes.
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      Even if it does get passed, it will be ultimately held unconstitutional. Really, it is a law governing the free exercise of speech, so it is obviously in violation of the first amendment.It's too bad that when a bill that violates the constitution passes that those that voted for it don't go to jail. It would really reduce the number of these kinds of bills.
      Damn your so right the government has been trying to shut down the net and been working on trying to create a internet 2 witch will be a Chinese style internet.
    1. Working Dog's Avatar
      Working Dog -
      I live in country that does not have a bill of rights. We have no first amendment and no rights. Whatever you Americans do, you must fight your government's attempt to remove your right to free speech.
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      I fully understand how naming servers work, specifically why I stated the "internet" as we know it would be gone. Of course I can set up all my friends and we can route all our servers and still have our own smaller networks, but it would cause a LOT of work arounds to rebuild the infrastructure again. @Kavok, you are absolutely correct. It is pure evil. But everything is for a capital game or for monopoly. drink more sodium fluoride, it'll be alright. I promise.
    1. velo.kun's Avatar
      velo.kun -
      Quote Originally Posted by xNEOxGENESISx View Post
      Leaving America asap if this thing gets passed. And Hundreds of thousands more will follow.
      If the US government do start banning internet sites/ companies, the internet is pretty much screwed as most of the servers running the internet are US based, which the government therefore can stop. Presumably about upto 80% of internet traffic and servers are in the US.