The war in the USA between the open Internet and copyright industries pushing for draconian controls took an unexpected twist in the last weeks.
The Bills – SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protection of Intellectual property Act) – were withdrawn. President Obama threatened to veto SOPA. Republican candidates were highly critical.
It looks like a straightforward victory for common sense: which would be an unexpected twist. Normally, copyright industries seem to cloud political judgements to an extraordinary extent. Internet activists don’t expect their campaigns to be easy or quick. Victories are often last minute, down to the wire affairs.
The proposals – for Internet censorship of foreign “infringing” websites, interference with DNS, possibly intrusion into…