Time to Change Course on Piracy Sites

Michael From our Perspective

It should be only a matter of time before the copyright industry admits defeat in the fight against piracy sites. Although legally they win their cases– usually out of court for a few thousand dollars. The simple magnitude of piracy sites has got to be making their head spin. Sure they might be successful in taking a single major player, MegaUpload comes to mind, out of the game. However, that only creates a hole for multiple new sites to take their place. It doesn’t help the copyright industry that mirroring, proxies, and …

MPAA is Looking More Like the Mafia

Michael From our Perspective

Three years ago, the entertainment industry led an all out assault against the free sharing of digital media via the Stop On Piracy Act (SOPA). The initial strategy was to slip the bill under the radar at the end of the legislative session in 2011. The would-be law allowed copyrights holders several tools to blacklist websites and thus censor the internet. The bill that was championed by the MPAA gave power to the entertainment industry to prohibit advertisement networks and payment facilities from doing business with infringing websites via court orders. With …