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Stop SOPA

Whats the difference between the Great Chinese Firewall and SOPA, let see none...

As agreement on copyright law have never seen to break down neatly along partisan lines in the past, yet it appears today is different.  As here many of the key supporters championing the Stop Online Piracy Act are interestingly enough from the yes political right. Here legislation which is supported by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is enjoying support from none other than the right-leaning, corporate-funded organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Tax Reform.  Yes the typical big brother folks who you would think would be on the side of big media.  Hey wait a minute, isn’t “big media” a liberal left leaning institution after all?

Yet here is a lesson as a growing number of right-leaning individuals as well as organizations have come out vocally against SOPA. Even as of last week, the Heritage Foundation which is one of the nation’s most influential “conservative” think tanks senior researcher and fellow James Gattuso has published an article warning about the “unintended consequences” of SOPA..

It’s in his manifesto of sorts that Gattuso points out that SOPA would in fact undermine Internet security by delaying the implementation of DNSSEC by pushing Internet users to use offshore DNS servers to circumvent DNS blocks. The article also warned that this new government regulation of “search results” would be “the first step down a classic slippery slope of government interference that has no clear stopping point.”

While Gattuso takes no issue with “stealing” needs to stop [as in online privacy], he argues Congress should deal with the problem “in a way that does not disrupt the growth of technology, does not weaken Internet security, and respects free speech rights.”  As its here he doesn’t think SOPA fits the bill as just think about this way as SOPA will “censor” and yes I used the “C” word your DNS!  Do you know what that means?  Most “Joe” averages do not, however DNS (Domain Name Service) is the unsung hero of the internet which makes the internet “human” usable as without it would be nothing more than a bunch of octets.

It also mean the US Government would be encroaching upon the right to free speech there have been many discussions in the past too regarding DNS and the domain (pardon the pun) of free speech.   As the kicker here is there is nothing as Gattuso points out for users not to point their browsers to off shore DNS services.  So we’ve made a lot of ado yet solved nothing other than pushing more “authority” off American shores which is bad for commerce as yes liberals seem to forget without commerce there won’t be people to “legally” buy their products as they just tossed the baby out the 30th floor window with the bath water.

Yet you know what scares me even more, ok think about it for minute [insert pause here] as yes this is the US’s version of the “Great Chinese Firewall”.  As when you start controlling DNS, you start controlling the “free word” and we are a nation based upon our rights of “free speech”  and edification of DNS is no different than the banning of books because someone seems to think they know better…

And Go Daddy Bends…

Never make the mistake to think your your more then your customer base as you are your customer...

Ok for those that have been living under a rock, supporting SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” currently working its way through the U.S. Congress.   As basically this is a group of stodgy old timers who can’t get with a new thing and want us to live in the past.  Now as I’ve waxed before stealing intellectual property is still stealing, however as we’ve discussed on these pages in the past its time for a new modus operandi if you will as change is good, however one ISP found out the hard way and there are two lessons to be learned here.

Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” as its been under significant pressure from an Internet-wide boycott which has convinced the  domain registrar to give the open Internet movement an early Christmas present [as I’m writing this on Xmass day] by dropping its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.  In a released statement the ISP giant said the following:

“Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation—but we can clearly do better,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.”

However least you think that GoDaddy’s [embarrassing] retreat was all on its own, as it had a little help with a boycott which started on last Thursday and rapidly spread to the broader Internet. Even GoDaddy’s competitors got in on it by offering special deals with promo codes like “SopaSucks” to entice the willing to swap out GoDaddy. As Initially, GoDaddy had their head stuck in the sand [mistake number 1 in denial]  as they said they got a few emails which appeared to come from the boycott prompt, yet they didn’t see any impact to their business (yet)”

However this was their second mistake this POed their user base and drove the increased impact on their business which began to be more obvious [dollar wise] on Friday as people started to vote with their feet.

So why did GoDaddy  do this in the first place, well they say “In changing its position, Go Daddy remains steadfast in its promise to support security and stability of the Internet,” the company’s Friday statement reads. GoDaddy says it has removed past postings expressing support for the legislation from its website.”

So has GoDaddy really changed their colors, or is it just pandering to it user base as can a (GoDaddy or any other) fundamentally change as remember when you were a kid and your mom told you to say you where sorry, but you really weren’t, ya remember that don’t you…