TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: Halt the Silicon Valley histrionics

If the internet industry wants to demonstrate good faith over online piracy, it should suggest what might work – not endlessly protest mechanisms.

Technology Spectator

The internet industry scored a tactical victory this week with the blackout of sites such as Wikipedia and Reddit, and the White House’s decision to oppose parts of two bills intended to curb the file-sharing of films and copyrighted material.

"Piracy rules,” tweeted Rupert Murdoch angrily.

I hope not because Silicon Valley damages itself with its persistent scaremongering over efforts to crack down on piracy. By refusing to engage in a serious effort to prevent it – instead equating copyright enforcement with censorship, or with 'breaking the internet' – it undermines its credibility.