SOPA completely misses main target: The Pirate Bay
SOPA advocates admit The Pirate Bay is their biggest target. So why does the bill's language make Pirate Bay untouchable?
As defined in SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), only foreign sites are targeted, especially "rogue" sites committed to piracy and copyright violations. Yet the definition says sites registered by a domain name authority in the U.S. is a domestic domain. Since the domain for Pirate Bay, .org, is a domestically registered top level domain, The Pirate Bay is considered a domestic site and therefore outside the jurisdiction of SOPA. So are RapidShare and MegaVideo/MegaUpload, two other sites listed as primary targets.
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Domestic sites fall under the jurisdiction, believe it or not, of Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) group. SOPA, originally aimed at any "U.S.-directed site" or any website that could be reached from the U.S., a recent amendment changed to the domain registration criteria. Could anyone have picked a more useless model for defining where a website exists?
SOPA still has teeth
They may not be able to take down ThePirateBay.org but what they can do is send notices to PayPal, VISA et all telling them that the site is infringing and get their donation payment processes and ad funding cut off.
Nathan F on techdirt.com
Trust me on this, SOPA was written with gaping holes in it by design. It provides cover for them in the future, when they say, "Well, we need to pass even tougher legislation because SOPA isn't working."
GrimGalore on extremetech.com
Kue the Keystone Kops
Does Congress exemplify "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" better than anyone?