This is an interesting app! Go-Daddy is one of its first big victims of ‘consumer-backlash.’
[quote]SOPA lives—and MPAA calls protests an “abuse of power”
…and In related news, the Eye of Sauron accuses hobbits of terrorism.
It seems to me that, in part, the reason the movie industry moved to California in the early 1900s was to avoid patents held by Thomas Edison. Therefore the movie industry itself was built by avoiding similar protective laws.
[quote]From the very beginning, the monopolistic MPPC was fought by the unlicensed independents (dubbed “pirates” or “outlaws”), led by IMP’s founder Carl Laemmle (see below). Others who fought the MPPC included Harry E. Aitken (Majestic Films), William Fox (founder of the Fox Film Corporation), and Adolph Zukor (Famous Players, the precursor to Paramount). The flexible, stealthy, and adventurous independents avoided coercive MPPC restrictions (the requirement to use only Trust film stock and projectors, for example) by using unlicensed equipment, obtaining their own film materials, and making films on the sly. Soon, they moved to California and opened up a rival film-making industry, where they could be comparatively safe, and there was abundant sunshine for film-making.