#SOPA only needed to make United States Department of Justice actions look justifiable

Whe I started reading this piece, I wondered why they had bothered trying to get SOPA passed in the first place.

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2012/01/20/doj_brings_the_hammer_down_on_megaupload?utm_source=newsletterENG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20120127

If they can take file sharers down, without the legislation, then why bother trying to bring in legislation that could shut down Google, Facebook and loads of socially useful sites.

Then I read this from someone commenting on the takedown:

This should make people stop and take a second look of storing their data in the cloud. Many legitimate users of megaupload are being inconvenienced now. XDA Developers, the developers of apps for Android, Windows Phone, and other mobile devices had over 200,000 links to Megaupload, all non-functional now.

Taking out the filesharer’s, such as Megaupload, inconveniences their own backers and seriously weakens the campaign to get more people thinking cloud-computing is safe.

The whole furore about piracy is being used as a cover for trying to control the Internet to an extent that only an authoritarian Gov’t, such as China can do, at present, , whilst still laying claim to supporting the Democratic principle.

 

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