I am a small business owner who develops websites and web programs for other small business' (which I was able to get going with minimal start up
expense or overhead (no loans), I just needed a few people to give me a chance.).
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you just how bad the SOPA act would be to a small business.
First we are hearing a lot about how DNS would be involved here. So let me explain first what a DNS is.
Simply put, it translates IP addresses into words.
how stuff works - DNS
I own a server with 6 ip addresses and run all my clients websites on this server with each IP being associated with a DNS name. According to the
sopa act if someone on one of my clients websites were to post a copyrighted video from youtube, and someone reported it, they would shut down the
DNS, which will pretty much make my server non accessible through a domain name.
Foreseen outcome: All of my clients now no longer have working websites. I could potentially get sued for this, as many of my clients rely heavily
on their websites for everyday business.
I could potentially get around DNS problem with a few days worth of work and a lot of man hours, and using a different domain name (which, as you can
see, wouldn't fix the copyright issue at all). but would probably still be sued for loss of income to my clients, and would have to close my
This scenario could potentially not only make it so that all general small business' are at risk here, but in my world, would make it nearly
impossible to keep my business going, because of the high risk it would cause. I would have to monitor every little word, picture, and link a client
puts on their website (even emails, since now emails can be sent to post straight to a website). Programs can be written to handle some of this, but
not all of it, so I would have to hire people to monitor every part of every site. That would cost a lot of money, not to mention privacy issues.
And how am I supposed to know if a sentence or picture is or isn't a copyright of another company. it is impossible to keep track of all copyrighted
material out there.
If this act passes, it would give 100% control of the internet to large corporations to do as they please with it. Any chance of an entrepreneur
coming in and being successful will be out the window. Small business websites will be wiped out, and the only ones left will be controlled by large
corporate website hosting companies, who will charge a fortune to host your website, but will control everything you email, write, and post to the
It would be the only way around the getting their DNS from being taken out too (though that wouldn't happen, since congressman and senators will be
heavily invested in this money maker).
Make no mistake this will take out any chance of small business' surviving in a world of corporate dictatorship.
edit on 1/7/2012 by Mirthful
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