Save the Internet: Stop SOPA
December 30, 2011 | David HenzelSave the Internet: Stop SOPA We here at MaxCDN try to leave political commentary to experts. However, when such an impactful piece of legislation, such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) gains as much momentum and notoriety that it has, we feel it necessary to comment on the proposed legislation and help provide some clarity on the very real dangers that passing this bill will present to Internet based business, including our business and the businesses of our customers. Background on SOPA: The Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as H.R. 3261 is a bill that was introduced to Congress in Oct. 2011 for the purpose of fighting online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property. The SOPA legislation provides relief for content creators through broad means of preventing access (blacklisting) to the website that contains alleged infringing content. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
- Not capable of effectively performing its intended purpose. The bill has the justifiable intent of preventing the illegal distribution of protected intellectual property. The problem is not with the intent of the legislation, it is with the execution of how the bill attempts to execute this goal.
- Authors of the bill, and experts that were asked to testify for Congress, admittedly do not understand how DNS actually works, nor were they able to explain to Congress the impact this legislation would have on such critical Internet functions.
- Case law will need to be developed to understand exactly how the legislation will be enforced.
- The bill will blacklist a websites hostname on US based DNS servers, but not block the associated IP address.
- The legislation can be circumvented in a number of very simple ways.
- This blacklisting of DNS entries will likely create a fragmented global DNS system, encouraging websites to use off-shore DNS servers, or to potentially move operations overseas as well.
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