Simplicity Linux is joining the protest against SOPA. The sheer fact that you can be accused of being a copyright “infringer” by a foreign government whether your site operates in their country or not, then charged and potentially forced to hand over your domain is just ridiculously heavy handed. As this article points out – you can sing a song on YouTube and get 2500 views, and be branded a copyright infringer, hit with a criminal record and find it very difficult to find work just because you sang a song on YouTube. Really?
Piracy is bad. Yes it needs to be stopped. Or at least we need to find a legitimate middle ground between “I want it free!” and “I want to make money!”.
But this is not the way to do it. This is like saying “You stole a Mars Bar from a store, therefore you’re a criminal and you’re going to the electric chair”.