Posting a series of updates on its Twitter account (@YourAnonNews), the group taunted the Justice Department, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America as all their websites crashed.
The attack was a response to the arrest of seven people working for MegaUpload.com – including the founder Kim Dotcom in New Zealand (at the US Government’s request). Posting on Twitter, Anonymous said, “Megaupload was taken down w/out SOPA being law. Now imagine what will happen if it passes. The Internet as we know it will end.”
It then started reporting sites going down, and in one tweet taunted, “Let’s just say, for SOPAsupporters their SOPA blackout is today.”
I am not condoning or condemning these action, but highlighting this story because it is an important test for whether citizens agree with or disagree with the actions of the US and New Zealand Governments. Without any specific law being passed on piracy, the US government has asked New Zealand to arrest and detain a website owner in NZ because the US government says he is breaking the law in the US.
I want to say here that when the dust settles in a few months, we may have some newly defined global rules, but I find myself wondering if the dust will ever settle on how to police the internet when it is not only international but when it is also prone to the whims of protesters. Something’s got to give on both sides at least before business can continue as usual.
See also: “SOPA and PIP – what’s all the fuss about?“