Tits in a Tangle

America has got its tits in a tangle since the world demonstrated that it would not tolerate their SOPA and PIPA laws with Blackout Wednesday.

The Americans sure backed down, and backed down quickly.

They turned their attention to MegaUploads and proved that they don’t need SOPA and PIPA to do their bidding, they already have the legal mechanisms to combat piracy.

But I feel that America is going to finish up with egg on its face over this.

I have never subscribed to MegaUploads, in fact, until the skirmish I didnt know MegaUploads existed, which shows extremely poor marketing skills.

So given that I knew next to nothing about them, I have been keenly interested in the furore.

Pity the Americans hadn’t been similarly interested sufficiently to find out more.

From my reading I find that MegaUploads was not into piracy, in fact they actively acted against piracy. They made no money from piracy, their money came from subscribers and advertising. A major portion of their clientèle were in fact not into piracy, but also used MegaUploads as a data base for legitimate companies and busineses; who, rightly so, are extremely upset about MegaUploads being shut down with the result they have lost business data.

I can see facing massive lawsuits over this, with the resulting fines and compensation being big enough to literally break America’s financial back, remembering that the American economy is not so shit hot at present. But that’s okay, Bernake will fire up the printing presses again so he can print trillion dollar banknotes like Zimbabwe did in the same situation.

America has overstepped the bounds on this, they behaved like the playground bully… again.

I will be watching developments closely, because the Americans went off at half cock over this, and anybody who has ever shot black powder knows full well that’s dangerous.

Just as an aside, I said just the week before the Wednesday blackout, that the internet was too big for the governments to control.

The hacker attacks that followed the MegaUploads fiasco proved that I was right. I can see future attacks being bigger, more wide ranging and of longer duration.

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