Even though SOPA & PIPA was postponed by congress, file sharing site Megaupload was shut down and their owners arrested, risking a whopping 55 years in jail. Numerous other file sharing sites, most notably Filesonic and Fileserve have begun restricting access to files of other users, limiting the spread of content. There are even reports of mass deletion of user files on these sites and banning of US IP addresses as means of escaping prosecution.
YouTube, Dropbox and Facebook among others have technologies in common with these file sharing sites. The step to closing down all sites where users upload non-original content has become significantly smaller. The fact that the witch hunt for file sharing sites started without a solidified policy has had a deterring effect on cloud service start-ups, Torrent Freak reports. Is this the kind of Internet we want? Is this the kind of business climate the US can afford? Share your thoughts in the comments!