Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Feb 2012 12:02 UTC
Internet & Networking "The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups." Not an issue today per se, but if the US government keeps this up, they do run a risk of lobotomising their technology sector.
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RE[2]: Safe harbor
by WorknMan on Mon 20th Feb 2012 19:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Safe harbor"
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Whether for JotForm or MegaUpload, intent is notoriously hard to prove, and it seems to me like "proper procedures" include a charge, discovery and at least pre-trial proceedings with defendants present prior to just killing the site.

That's not usually how it works. I mean, in 'the real world', if your businesses is accused of criminal activity and you get raided by the cops, you are shut down immediately. You don't get to run your operation while a trial is taking place.

Again, I don't know what the process normally involves before somebody gets shut down and/or if all of these procedures were followed in Jotform's case, but I suspect there is enough fallout in this case that we'll find out one way or the other.

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