Heheh, just as I expected. I just knew this was going to happen.
An online war. Well, at least there won't be any casualties!
So regardless of what the people in general say at the end of the day the Politicians will get their way and using Piracy is just the excuse for something that will eventually grow with control,and please tell me how long have politicians been interested in Piracy what a joke,and i'm not laughing it, stinks to High Heaven.
Even the FBI are not allowed to hack into your FTP unless they have proof that there is illegal content on it.
Shutting down a filehost won't do squat except annoy people.
Then again, DDoSing a few sites and calling it hacking won't do squat either. They can't keep it up indefinitely, and the FBI (and the others) website is hardly central to their existence and operation.
As a side note, I'm pretty sure the taking down of Megaupload/Porn/Video didn't have anything to do with SOPA. The timing is convenient, but as I've mentioned somewhere else, filesharing sites have been a target for a long time. It was only a matter of time before they started coming down.
I'm not even sure the case will win anyway, since the creators are being charged/fined, though they have no control over what people upload and share, and it's almost impossible to track and eradicate all pirated materials (add a text file with the words "I'm a pirate" to a zip containing a pirated game, rename the file, and it becomes impossible to distinguish from genuinely shared files).
[Edited by Skyheart, 1/20/2012 4:49:23 AM]
Monkey007,remember that old addage "where there is a will there is a way",for me personally at my age i may not see it happen, but sooner or later these people will find the way to do what they want with the internet and that means Censorship its coming and nobody like you and me and all our members will not be able to stop it from happening.
Seriously i'll bet Neo7 knows sooner or later they will find a way to Censorship the Internet, and thats a compliment to you Neo7 with all the brains you have my friend.
The site MegaUpload who was actually decently well at removing copyrighted material when reported (though extremely hard to discover when links are kept within secrets reasonably well) and was recently struck down by the US government. SOPA nor PIPA has not passed at all and this should serve how our government thinks "what is piracy" and their loose definition of it. MegaUpload is a company based in the United States (I think others are based elsewhere) which is one of the reasons why it was shut down.
Moving away from that though, I can say confidently that Cheat Happens probably would not exist either with this bill passed at all as there are gaming companies out there that do hate this website and claiming us as making "unauthorized 3rd party programs" and would not hesitate to use SOPA to shut down the site. US government doesn't give a damn what a trainer is as it isn't authorized by the company for it to be used on their products (see Blizzard's banning of trainer users). Same fate would happen to AR devices and GameShark as well as some companies label those as "unauthorized 3rd party tools".