The underlying problem with piracy is, for some it’s profitable at the cost of of others. Usually the producers and vendors of the product being pirated. The list of those profiting from piracy includes the domain owner, the advertisers, processing and hosting companies.
SOPA is a huge sledge hammer to crack a walnut. It had flaws and is too vague with it seems no real court or decision making organisation to make final decisions to an accused company or persons guilt.
So how do we solve the problem of piracy?
So here is the start of an idea, that it seems would be fairer and more effective.
Make those who profit from a site dedicated to piracy liable to damages. To be decided by a court or committee. So an a site like Horny whores, Live Jasmin are there at present, can be served and have to go to court or committee to be judged whether they are profiting from piracy. Billing companies, hosts, advertisers, even the domain owners will all be liable to the same action. So will be put directly in the firing line.
The court or committee will be made up of legal people and industry people, could be professors of the Internet. They will decide if the site is dedicated to piracy, if the accused is profiting by providing the site a service or the site is providing them a service, like traffic. And the amount of damages incurred by the victim of the copyright theft.
The defendant and plaintiff can be represented by lawyers.
So how will it be paid for?
I did a quick search and found these stats on registered domains http://www.whois.sc/internet-statistics/. All 135,998,004 Seemed smaller than I thought but enough to carry the costs. A $1 tax on every domain registered will cover the costs and won’t be too much to deter people taking a domain. Plus court costs can be added to any damages claim. Just lie a court of law. It can be a court of law. But it needs to be dealt with speedily.
Of course at the moment just a kernel of an idea. but it seems it has few flaws and just needs a bit of work to get it into legal jargon and makes companies or persons more proactive in self regulating themselves.
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