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Internet Giants Need to Show Who’s the Real Boss By Fighting Fire With Fire

January 19, 2012

The YouTube clip above gives a very brilliant, practical advice about how to effectively fight or stop SOPA or PIPA. We all know- and by “we” I mean people who religiously followed this issue- that America’s entertainment or movie industry is all behind the proposed destructive bills in Congress. Moneyed people in the entertainment industry and the bills’ supporters obviously seek to take on the Internet, or on the Internet’s major players like Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, etc.

If you read the legislative proposals, or skimmed through objective, honest commentaries about this issue, you would understand that the measures, if enacted into law, would put so much pressure on influential sites like Google, Facebook, and YouTube. For instance, the bills allow the U.S. government so much power that it may order Google or any related sites to block infringing “rogue” websites search results, and if Google failed or refused to comply with the order the latter would face the full force of the law.

Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and other social network sites and video-sharing channels are also an easy target of government censorship, political crackdown or even corporate envy.

So it seems that the old entertainment industry and other pro-censorship industries, which claims to have lost billions of dollars to pirates and virtual thieves, are out to destroy Internet giants and to hand the Internet to the power-hungry government just for money. But like I said yesterday, passing SOPA and PIPA to fight piracy is actually an act of stupidity and dishonesty. The government cannot defend IP rights by killing free speech and by destroying the Internet.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Hollywood’s lobbying group, and other industries that support SOPA and PIPA are so stupid for trusting the government and sacrificing the future of the Internet and innovation just to serve their corporate “interests”. However, I don’t think they’d be able to serve their “corporate interests” once the Internet and free speech are destroyed. The government is NOT the solution to piracy. It makes the situation worse.

Since the bills’ lobbyists and the people behind SOPA and PIPA are morally guilty, Internet giants like Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, and others would have no other possible recourse but to fight fire with fire, if the legislative proposals get enacted.

The movie and entertainment industry claims they lost billions of dollars to piracy and online thieves? Well, they’d surely lose more if the world’s Internet giants knew how to FIGHT BACK! It’s time for Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google to show who’s the real BOSS!

How to stop SOPA and PIPA? Possible solutions are as follows:

  1. Facebook should block links, groups or anything related to- or that advertise- movies or products of companies that strongly supported the bills.
  2. Google and YouTube should do the same thing. YouTube should disallow pro-SOPA/PIPA companies to use its video platform. It should disallow pro-censoship Hollywood companies to advertise using its site. Google, which owns YouTube, should remove or block pro-censorship companies from its search results.
  3. Wikipedia should remove all articles, links or anything related to- or that advertise- pro-SOPA/PIPA companies and their products and services.
  4. Other Internet giants should do the same thing.
  5. The principle is: FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE!

Let’s see who will win this battle. Let’s see who will lose more money. Look! Internet giants like Facebook, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, and others have the RIGHT and FREEDOM to block pro-SOPA/PIPA companies and their products and services to PROTECT THEMSELVES against a non-objective law or against government-corporate bullying. They need to “fight fire with fire” for self-defense.

Now excerpts of this article exposes the growing rivalry or battle between Silicon Valley or the Internet Giants and Hollywood:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

The web-based encyclopedia is part of a loose coalition of dot-coms and large technology companies that fear Congress is prepared to side with Hollywood and enact extreme measures — possibly including the blocking of entire websites— to stop the online sharing and unauthorized use of Hollywood productions.

The fight will test which California-based industry has the most sway in Washington.

For now, Silicon Valley appears to have the upper hand. Supporters of the legislation — called the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act in the Senate — say the bills are aimed at protecting jobs in the movie and music industries. But a campaign including tech heavyweights such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. has successfully portrayed the bills as an attack on a free and open Internet.

“It has nothing to do with stolen songs or movies,” said Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org, which is participating in the blackout. Ruben says tougher legislation — even directed overseas — could make domestic cultural commentators more prone to legal attack.

Rather than showing encyclopedia articles, Wikipedia displayed a blacked-out page describing the protest and offering more information on the bills. Many articles were still viewable on cached pages.

Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours. Other sites made their views clear without cutting off services. Google blacked out the logo on its home page, directing people to a page where they could add their names to a petition.

The one-day outage was timed to coincide with key House and Senate committee hearings as they prepare to send the bills to the full floor for debate.

However, sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, sought last week to remove a controversial provision from the House bill that could force Internet service providers to interfere with the way Web addresses work for foreign sites deemed dedicated to piracy. He postponed work on the measure until February.

Critics believe such tinkering with core Internet technology treads into dangerous territory that could lead to online censorship. It might also give hackers a new way to wreak havoc.

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