Unintended consequence, I’net vigilante version

What is most disturbing about SOPA is not just that it would run roughshod over this principle, though it would, and that is disturbing enough; what is most disturbing about SOPA are the justifications proffered by its proponents for doing so.

David Post provides a good rundown on this issues in More “For the Moment Final”** Thoughts on SOPA.

The flag is that of intellectual property protection on the I’net. The effort is about trying to find some way to force other people to honor copyrights as the copyright holder thinks they ought to. The problem with the proposed solutions is that they are all like trying to nail Jello to a tree and do not respect the technology, breadth, or popularity of the I’net.

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