I don't think this will end well if this keeps up. Free trade is a prerequisite for a wealthy society. Trade isolationism can only lead to less wealth and more wars. Trade is probably the biggest factor in reducing frequency of wars in the world throughout history. Without trade countries had to invade each other to get the resources they needed.
Sounds more and more like a novel I read, once (name forgotten) where everyone in America believes that China has perfected a firewall, where in reality it's America that's trapped behind the firewall and cut off from the rest of the world.
They'll be like North Korea? Shut off from the world and ignored (unless they try to nuke someone, in which case their'd be regime change)?
It seems to me that America is setting itself up to be the country equivalent of a patent troll.
The result is quickly becoming that US's chief export is entertainment or IP product. But when the rest of the world is simply stealing that export it isn't very financially lucrative is it?
All these laws are simply the US trying to protect its export that is obviously in a failing state.
To be more precise, they are coercing everyone with a fragile economy like Spain is suffering right now.
China has much less respect for intellectual property than Spain does, yet USA doesn't dare to threaten and pressure them in such an arrogant way.
But right now, not only we face pressure from big foreign powers, but the Union itself is moving towards greater centralization of power. Especially financially.
This does not look good.
perhaps the Spanish law will be challenged..
On the other hand, if the problem you see is that those matters which are decided at the European level aren't decided in a democratic enough way, then we should push for less power to intergovernmental bodies, more power to the EU Parliament, and the creation of a European public opinion - the last thing we can directly contribute to; we're doing it right now ;)
This lack of democracy was generally sold as "don't worry, the EU is just for boring things you the people don't care about anyway, an in either case we have a veto". But now the veto is gone and centralization spreads its tentacles deeper and deeper into national affairs, so that's been a highly disingenuous argument.
I still think it's unbelievable how disproportionately dangerous the content industry is to the rights of everyone in the world. I mean even if the US Government itself set out to try to convince other countries to just be more dictatorial so they can control their own people, they probably wouldn't be as successful. But the content industry itself, with some manipulation of the US Government, is managing to do that on what seems to be like a global scale.
And they even have the nerve to say that we should be more like Iran and China regarding our Internet. They say that publicly and almost get away with it, as they list the "benefits" of such a more authoritarian outcome.
The USTR has long been a bully that pushes for trade terms advantageous to the US, even if it tramples human rights.
It is almost twilight-zonish to see the US government in favor of Internet censorship when speeches against it like this exist: http://secretaryclinton.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/secretary-o....
Why isn't the US media all over things like this? So much for being the vanguards of freedom...