Competence of the Incompetent
Lately there has been a push by the “Powers that be” for yet another Copyright Law that basically kills free speech online. All the big media corporations are rubbing their hands in glee as they will simply issue copyright infringement notices on anything they don’t like be it free speech that criticizes their product or service or anything that actually infringes on their rights. Once your accused and your host kills your site, there will eventually be a blacklist upon which your site enters, and even if you win in court it will be there forever keeping you down. In all likelihood you will loose your domain first and then they will refund you ten bucks or so in restitution if you go to trial and win. This is how ladies and gentlemen this part of the internet age dies and another emerges.
But the incompetent media companies whom are competent at lobbying and thinking about law and ratcheting it to their advantage forget one very important thing. If this actually comes into being and results in locking down access for users whom will get banned by their internet service providers if they downloaded and infringed upon the media cos. rights there will be a backlash. Do people forget that IRC still exists? and that before torrents it was the main venue for file sharing? The low hertz bandwidth that was used for “Ricochet” can be used by anyone to create a network, especially as hardware becomes more and more accessible. Would there be a rapid development, no of course not, but a parallel outlet no matter how small, if perfectly free will derive an impact that is anything but marginal. Oh ye of little faith and wisdom, that had no foresight prior to going on this foolish venture to contain the desires of the masses that wants content that is affordable and accessible at any and all times, how many problems will you reap then. Domains, would become meaningless if there are no central servers to register them with and the market of bidders is limited. Users who flock elsewhere and do not pass through a dead network do not bring money from ads or content delivery.
Science will find a way, especially as the costs of technological application are falling with every second the clock beats forward. Sometimes going with the times is a smarter thing to do, although the geyser of legal activity has continued to spray crap all over rational venues to this outcome. Legislating only works if enforcement is possible and with technology going faster
with every minute it is simply not going to happen without the consent of the users, and they will not give it.