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SOPA/PIPA–Bad for America, Disastrous for Canada (Edited)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:09 AM

There’s a lot of talk today about SOPA and PIPA, the two acts being discussed in the US government and backed by the entertainment industry.

If you’re still in the dark about what its about, check out this article from PC world and then watch the video below.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

I had a bunch of paragraphs on this post earlier talking about how on the surface this looks like its a win for non-US countries – why not just set up shop outside the US? Thanks to my buddy Don Belcham for commenting and passing on this link to Michael Geist’s article outlining how non-US websites and businesses will be impacted by SOPA/PIPA.

From Geist’s article:

Yet IP addresses are allocated by regional organizations, not national ones. The allocation entity located in the U.S. is called the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). Its territory includes the U.S., Canada, and 20 Caribbean nations. This bill treats all IP addresses in this region as domestic for U.S. law purposes. To put this is context, every Canadian Internet provider relies on ARIN for its block of IP addresses. In fact, ARIN even allocates the block of IP addresses used by federal and provincial governments. The U.S. bill would treat them all as domestic for U.S. law purposes.

Second, Canadian businesses and websites could easily find themselves targeted by SOPA. The bill grants the U.S. "in rem" jurisdiction over any website that does not have a domestic jurisdictional connection. For those sites, the U.S. grants jurisdiction over the property of the site and opens the door to court orders requiring Internet providers to block the site and Internet search engines to stop linking to it.

He goes on to point out that if a Canadian website owner wants to challenge a court order, the Canadian must consent to the jurisdiction of the US courts.

This decision has far reaching impacts on business and general internet freedom beyond the borders of the US. We had an inkling of that before, but this paints it in a much more dire light.




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# re: SOPA/PIPA–Bad for America, Good for Canada

You understand that SOPA/PIPA treat all IP addresses, .net, .com and .org domain names as "American" right? So the US can shut down www.darcylussierenterprises (which may be hosted in Canada) and your only course of action is to submit a claim which requires you to admit the US as the location for all legal action. Still sound good to you? What about the US being able to use these powers to unilaterally shut down all Canadian government websites (their IP addresses are admined by a US entity after all)?

Read this: http:huff.to/A6Hpvo 1/18/2012 8:57 AM | Donald Belcham

# re: SOPA/PIPA–Bad for America, Disastrous for Canada (Edited)

In hopes that what I write is not violating US copyright law. Will you check One million US websites to be sure ?It is unclear what the definition is of "web site operator" would this include the operator of a cloud service. Furthermore, this makes the web site owner the criminal, not the person posting copywriter material. 1/22/2012 11:19 AM | Joseph

# re: SOPA/PIPA–Bad for America, Disastrous for Canada (Edited)

There was an article written in Mexico's most popular newspaper about this same issue and giving the US Embassy address to send emails protesting this unilateral decision. No worries after all, but your article also brings to light this issue. thanks for sharing. 1/24/2012 2:49 PM | Freight

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