It is a shame that an event such as the enactment of laws such as SOPA/PIPA turns out to be, once more, a clear demonstration of anti-Americanism and ethnomasochism, both from the sides of the instigators and the dissidents.
As with all laws recently adopted, the goals are not the sustainability of our economy and sovereignty, but simply a massive display of demagogy and propaganda.
The goal of American legislation is not to please the masses, much less the masses of the world, but to be efficient to our country.
And since no one seems to acknowledge this, no one will address the real issues of the SOPA/PIPA problems. Even Newt Gingrich, who I usually hold in decent esteem is simply hiding behind the fable of anti-American populism and demagogy, as seen in this video.
And since everyone is hiding behind demagogy, the will be no real debate concerning the problems that can cause SOPA/PIPA.
By the way, it’s always interesting to notice how laws like SOPA, PIPA and NDAA who exist and are effectively applied in many other countries only become controversial when instigated by an American. This proves that, similarly to the environmental socialists, the demagogy extremists are simply anti-Americans.
Here is my share on the 3 flaws of SOPA and PIPA.
Firstly, such laws are socialist and statist. They impose more legislation on American web hosting services, and by doing that they are contributing even more to the off-shoring process. They are making American web hosting companies less attractive, which is really undermining their efforts.
Secondly, they are protecting foreign products ! Yes, the American government is protecting the foreign companies that come here to sell their products to OUR consumers on OUR market, while using protectionism and economic nationalism to secure THEIR market.
At least, the french law HADOPI (similar to SOPA) only condemns the illegal download/diffusion of local products. But in the United States of Demagogy, no such national preference should be tolerated.
In a liberal and patriotic society, Americans should be free to choose to buy American products, and download for free foreign films for example.
Lastly, by laws such as SOPA and PIPA, the government is only delaying the inevitable : the end of an economic model. The government is not wrong because they are trying to protect our national Hollywood companies for example, they are wrong for relying on socialism and statism, instead of individual patriotic responsibility (liberalism).
Ten years ago, nobody would have thought of encouraging free music streaming online. Now, several sites as Youtube and Grooveshark, as well as the foreign copies that invade our market, propose the same. Those sites allow artists and majors to monetize their content in a new way.
Socialism is only delaying the inevitable and trying to preserve an already dead model, instead of focusing on new ways to monetize the content.