February 1, 2012
By Melody Uy
Can we blame the Internet for consumers’ general refusal to pay for content? In recent weeks even the digerati have put their weight behind the online community to turn SOPA, PIPA and ACTA into four-letter epithets. From blackouts to DoS attacks, vox populi is a teen-ager fighting rules that have become too restrictive, demanding its right to use the Internet in innovative ways the Old Guard cannot predict yet seeks to control.
Though it may look like the protests have pushed some bills back to the drawing table, proposed legislation is bound to crop up again. Commercial content providers will always seek ways to protect their business models, as is their right, unless someone finds an ingenious way of breaking this impasse.