Monday, January 23, 2012
Righthaven domain name taken over by new service provider,
A big concern in the SOPA/PIPA “debate” is the idea that service providers could not afford to host “free” user-generated content if they had to take liability for what their “customers” do. But suddenly there is a service provider with a “spine” which says it will defend its users if the law takes a long turn. Hosted in Switzerland, it may be choosing its members carefully, however. (I like the metaphor: its clients aren't interested in PhD's in invertebrate zoology, no matter how smart some cephalopods are. And a spine isn't just a notochord.)
Ironically, the group has taken over the “Righthaven” domain name, and here is its FAQ page explaining its intentions, link. Admittedly, the writing style here is a bit indirect.