Making a Business Case for the Anti-SOPA Blackouts

, Corporate Counsel


The Internet "blackouts" from major players like Wikipedia and Google brought a lot of public attention to the industry's stance against the Stop Online Piracy Act. But did the protests make good business sense?

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  • Ron B.

    Seems lke the best analogy in the tangible property world pertains to the laws regulating pawn dealers. Most every state requires extensive monitoring of these operations for the very logical reason that it discourages burglary and robbery by complicating the monetization of ill-gotten goods. So why would Google and the gang object? Because they make a lot of money, apparently a critical amount of money in their peculiar business model, by exploiting "stolen" (as in pirated) intangible properties. The DMCA was not intended to be a license to hide behind as you knowingly take a cut of the money to be made by distributing pirate copies of programs, movies, music and so on via YouTube and the like.

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