(Portions taken from Mozilla Chairwoman Michelle Baker’s analogy on video stores and SOPA)
While movie industry lobbyists and the MPAA like to throw around big numbers, their own inflated records of loss by percent are only slightly higher than that of Walmart or any other retailer. So how far does SOPA go to protect a .03 cent music download or $1 rental. What if all retailers could pass legislation similar to SOPA-PIPA over similarly priced goods?
Well, as soon as Hershey’s suspected Walmart customers were shoplifting candy bars they could not only begin the process of getting an order to try and shut the Walmart location down, demand video footage, etc. to find the specific offenders; but in the meantime map makers would be required change maps to hide it so nobody could buy anything else from that location while waiting for trial. The road to the store would be blocked off so that it’s difficult to physically get there or anywhere near there. Phone books would be required to un-list the store’s phone number and address. Credit card companies would have to cease providing services to the store. The company would not be allowed to appeal these processes effectively and local newspapers would no longer be allowed to place ads for the location or it’s parent company nor advocate for them.
Any person or organization who didn’t do this would also be subject to severe penalties.
This is what SOPA and PIPA would impose in the online world. A system of justice without due process or any method of checks and balances in which punishments severely outweigh the magnitude of the crime and individuals are guilty until proven innocent.