It appears that SOPA and PIPA were completely unnecessary to the federal government taking down websites without due process or a warrant. MegaUpload, the largest file-sharing site on the internet, was taken down last week, much to the chagrin of Anonymous. Similar sites, Filesonic and Uploaded.to, have limited their own sites as to prevent their takedown.
SOPA and PIPA have been defeated though, only to give rise to two WORSE bills: ACTA and PCIPA.
The internet, as a free and open place to explore, appears to be dying. The state wants control. Sooner or later, they will have it…