Saturday, December 24, 2011

Did The Same Entities Pushing SOPA (H.R.3261) Also Distribute Software To Aid Piracy In The First Place?

Yes they did, according to the video embedded below. Mike Mozart claims that many of the top companies supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act, HR 3261; the Senate version is the PROTECT IP Act, S.968) actually helped to distribute the software that aided and promoted music and book piracy to begin with. Much of his focus is on CNET, which developed and promoted software designed to facilitate music downloads in particular; CNET just happens to be owned by CBS, who supports SOPA. Mozart's premise: The companies allowed piracy software to be promoted and distributed to encourage copyright violations so that the companies could go to Congress, claim massive copyright violations, and ask for legislative remedies designed to crush competition and promote greater corporate control of the Internet. As David Icke would say, Problem-Reaction-Solution.

Read my October 30th post for more information about this legislation.

Mozart also edits the following blog, which contains much more information on this subject:

Already public backlash against SOPA has caused one corporate supporter to reverse course. On December 23rd, 2011, GoDaddy withdrew its support for SOPA after a backlash from customers who were vehemently against the legislation. Triggering GoDaddy's response was a Reddit user who called on those with GoDaddy domains to move them elsewhere by December 29th, prompting In addition, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh threatened to move his 1,000 domains off GoDaddy unless they renounced SOPA.

GoDaddy now recommends that SOPA be modified to propose changes to key defined terms, limitations on DNS filtering to ensure the integrity of the Internet, more significant consequences for frivolous claims, and specific provisions to protect free speech. One of the key concerns about SOPA is that the bill is too far-reaching and broad, and could potentially harm websites that don't actually contain infringing content or were acting in good faith.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up SOPA when it reconvenes in 2012, while the Senate will take up their version, PROTECT IP Act, in late January.


  1. The pirate nerds are hiding behind DMCA and as a result have created an unfair market for music. Reject the DMCA by passing SOPA, which will hold the server owners responsible for what is being served up to the public from their servers.

    I don't like the fact that filesonic dot com (resolving to hong kong) is serving up my music catalog for free including the new stuff, with the torrents being linked at

    hotfilesearch dot com (resolving to florida), covered with pay per click ads and easily found on google. They are stealing my livelyhood.

    STOP THE PIRATES NOW or give me access to their servers so I can police it myself and delete my music from their damn server.

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