Are you a modern day tech pirate? If the US government pushes through a new bill under examination, you just may be a pirate. For once, big corporations are right to tell the government to back down – and they are not only doing it for themselves, they are doing it for all of us that legitimately use the web. Congress is hell bent on stopping or at least slowing down online piracy. While that is a good intention, the manner they are going about it is all wrong.
As you will soon see, this looks like a not to successful attempt to do an end around to get Internet based companies to turn over more and more of your information to them – in the name of fair trade and being a law abiding citizen of course. All the major players on the Internet agree that piracy is a problem – but doesn’t it seem like they are the ones best suited to combat it? Hollywood and a score of music labels are behind it – as one would expect, but you have to wonder if they realize it is not really about downloading their products illegally. If you use a pen name to register at a content mill – you violated a TOS.
Any SEO will tell you it is a good intention to want to shut down piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods. It is perhaps more dangerous to hold people that may in some cases unknowingly buy something counterfeit responsible. Even AA and similar support groups have had confidentiality of member identity upheld in court. Ask yourself this – if it is such a good idea why have eBay, Zynga, Mozilla, AOL and even LinkedIn all joined with the big boys in saying this is a very bad idea that is nothing more than an abuse of power?