ARe You JuBiLaNT THat SOPA HaS BeeN SHeLVeD?
Yes, these two feckless Hollywood tools will have to take their Hollywood horseshit back to the barn and wait for another opportune time, preferably a frightening crisis, to sneak SOPA and PIPA under our door.
Meanwhile this whole episode has accomplished several things: (a) there are plenty of young previously apolitical but now angry internet denizens, (b) it has raised public awareness of the kind of trampling of civil liberties that the douche weasels on Capital Hill are all to happy to implement for the right price and (c) it has raised public awareness of the serious imperfections embedded in our intellectual property laws, which are apparently primarily designed to entrench entertainment and media royalty, perpetuate business models outdated by advances in technology and stifle progressive interent culture. I'm not talking about pirating movies.
Max Keiser is calling it a Hollywood copyright cancer that spreads to the internet. Others are now calling for a box office and music boycott. Not a bad idea.
Meanwhile, we are subjected to more evidence of the kinds of law enforcement activites Eric In-action Jackson's Mortgage Fraud Task Force is pursuing. Today it was announced that the former President of the Sonoma Chapter of the Hells Angels has been convicted of falsifying mortgage applications to obtain properties for marijuana farms. Isn't this exciting? Do you feel safe now?
What about the real mortgage fraud gang? WTF is being done about them?
Does shutting down Mega-Upload, an obvious bone thrown at Hollywood, make you feel even better?
It better not!
That's right folks, it is perfectly alright to run websites designed to steal people's homes and nest eggs; provided they are free of copyright.
Anyone want to wager on whether or not those MegaUpload guys will get away using the Dick Fuld/Jon Corzine ("I didn't know nuttin") defense?