Today, the 18th January UTC, my various web sites, including the surprisingly popular ITS site, joined thousands around the globe and went on strike, now, some of you may be wondering why, since I'm not in the U.S., and we only have two hosts, hosted there, the answer is rather simple.
True SOPA/PIPA will not directly affect anyone outside of the United States of America, however, when you take into account the likes of Youtube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Hotmail, Google and even that hopeless site that has total disregard and utter contempt for everyone's privacy - yes, facebook, are all registered entities in the U.S. and are mostly located in the U.S., therefor, SOPA/PIPA will indirectly affect all non Americans, at least in the interim, because if this does become law in the U.S. it likely wont take too long before the U.S. is bypassed for most things Internet based, remember how quickly Youtube and Google took off? It wont take long before they are replaced, so the only harm will be to themselves in the long run.
The EU has made its opinion on Internet censorship and filtering very clear in that it should never happen.
The European Court of Justice gave a preliminary opinion that will have far-reaching implications in the fight against overaggressive copyright monopoly abusers. It is not a final verdict, but the Advocate General’s position; the Court generally follows this. The Advocate General says that no ISP can be required to filter the Internet, and particularly not to enforce the copyright monopoly.
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