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Policing internet piracy: Accessories after the fact, The Economist, 26 November 2011 The Stop Online Piracy Act bill is a disaster of a suggestion. Yes piracy is bad and is a constant wound to creative industries, but the suggestion of giving private or even public entities this kind of power is astonishing. The bill would let copyright holders mandate site owners to shut down and search engines and ISP’s to block access. If a site hosts a forum, and some user posts a link to a Ke$ha mp3, the site would be forced to shut down. The amount of moderation being asked from small website operators is massive. Asking Google to be responsible for every link to a pirated material that returns from their search algorithm is even more absurd. Giving a private copyright holder the power to force ISP’s to block access to certain websites is
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Unformatted text preview: frightening. Again, piracy is bad. But shutting down Napster, suing The Pirate Bay, or suing individuals for infringement has not in any way slowed piracy. If anything has hindered piracy, it’s the ingenuity of legal digital distribution agents such as iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. Also, I’m not saying that copyright owners shouldn’t have effective legal remedies available to them. They absolutely should. Part of the solution to their legal troubles with non-commercial pirates is to significantly lower caps on damages so that they can actually be paid by the party they’re suing. Effective legal remedies are the solution, not blocking access to a website. That only invites pirates to be more inventive as we have seen in the past....
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