re: Google, Mozilla, Wikipedia Fight SOPA Piracy Bill
Face it, we lost this battle "The Day the NAPSTER died" and our music along with it. We grumbled about trying to put the "big label" record industry out of business and then there was the big media blitz that sharing music is really robbing the artists of their due.
Skip a few years and Apple came out with the iPod. Jobs decided to get in bed with the record industry and collected billions of your dollars that your willfully threw at him. I immediately rejected the iPod when I got one, hooked it up to my computer and - as part of its synch function it deleted hundred of my songs. If you had stuff from very old CDs, it did not have a certain digital signature and Mr. iTunes assumed it was pirated and erased it. With that one experience, I swore I would have nothing to do with Apple, and I have not.
You probably are too young to remember, but there was a time when a few of us fought against the "helmet law" for motorcycles because it was simply "bad law" - even though wearing a helmet was a smart thing to do. Now we have laws that require helmets for bicycles and skate boards. Helmet laws for roller skates and even jobbers are coming soon from a government that does not know where to stop.
Similarly, seat belt laws are simply "bad law". Now, you cannot take your newborn home from the hospital unless your carseat model number is on the government approved list. Funny though, the one place where children do not wear seat belts is on government run school busses.
I can go on and on with examples, but you need to realize that NAPSTER led to companies like Apple willing to enforce its interpretation of the law which led to the Digital Millennium Copyright act which led to the net neutrality dust up and now SOPA and PIPA.
There is only one truth, right from the start, if you give up a part of your freedom to government protection, you lead to totalitarian rule. With government, the only middle ground is how long it takes to get there, and your throwing billions of dollars at iTunes guaranteed that we would wind up here today.