Anyone who has heard of Napster knows that major companies have, in the past, exerted major efforts to curb online piracy. However, it should be remembered that one of the reasons for their success in taking down Napster was that it was primarily US based – with its founders being Americans (Shawn Fanning, John Fanning, and Sean Parker), the Feds had a relatively easier time taking them down.
The genius behind SOPA (and the biggest cause of its infamy) is the idea of indirectly targeting the file sharing sites (rogue sites based overseas that are harder to reach) through the search engines and pay sites (such as Master, PayPal, Google and Yahoo which are mostly based in the
To be continued…
Nathan J. Marasigan Entry No. 8