MPAA/RIAA is not the source of the problem. They are just *one* of the ones currently playing the role of legislative manipulator. The real source of the problem needs to be traced to why we have this role and why it is such a prosperous one.
Isn't it obvious: The Big Government has been allowed to arrogate to itself the power to determine who prospers and who fails. So long as Big Government is allowed to go beyond enforcing honesty in dealings, Big AnythingElse will find it easier to corrupt the governors than to make themselves useful.
The US reached that stage long ago. The only possibility that I can see is Jefferson's observation, quoted above — take the power away from Big Government. I don't know how to do that, except by Jefferson's prescription, but Big Government also protects itself by whatever force it thinks it needs and can get away with.
The bill had absolutely zero to do with sites like Facebook and Wikipedia, yet there were all these dumb lemmings talking about how the bills would end the internet.
Of course, if you actually read bills instead of the talking (shilling?) points your employers give youi, you would know what the bills would really do, and why they're such a danger.
First, it allows for private cause of action: with these as law, anyone has the power of government to shut down whatever sites they don't like. It will stay shut down until the courts can work through their backlog and get around to giving the victim his day in court. That is, if the victim hasn't gone bankrupt by then.
Second, the definition of 'foreign' obviously includes actual non-domestic sites, but it also includes any domestic site, like google.com, which has a non-domestic counterpart, like google.nl. Facebook and Wwikipedia, and most everything else, is terminally vulnerable to any bad actor (like the MAFIAA) that comes along.
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