Imagine youtube.com as a place with no censorship. People would upload copyrighted videos and those videos would remain online. Copyright holders would then “kindly” ask YouTube to take their videos down, but YouTube (as a no-censorship platform) would not comply.
Ouch. “Non-compliance”. You’re supposed to obey. This cannot end well.
And it doesn’t:
Helicopters would soon swarm the properties of the operators, swat teams; angry law enforcement officers equipped with battering ram, sledgehammers and heavy weaponry would smash in doors, seize domains, servers, property and arrest anyone and everyone responsible (don’t believe me? google “megaupload” - which wasn’t even outright ignoring dmca).
Then, long jail sentences and hefty fines would be thrown left and right. Not a pretty picture.
If a non-censorship version of youtube.com were to be launched on maidsafe instead. What would happen? The exact same thing except seizure of servers and domain. Still not a pretty picture.
The key issue here is non-compliance. YouTube HAD a choice and they choose to not obey. As Andreas so eloquently put it: the difference between being a free man and getting sentenced to a life in prison is “the difference between can’t and won’t”
So that begs the question, how can you run a site on maid without the ability to control it?
Three possible solutions:
Upload the website and throw away the key
- who’s going to believe you threw away the key (is there proof of burn?)
- you can no longer update the website
- you can’t remove spam from the website
Create a multi sig ownership
- every participant in the multi sig might be responsible
Run the website anonymously
- opsec is hard
- you are now a hardcore criminal. Enjoy looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.
Regulations are increasing, requirement to have “do you want to accept cookies” on every website ruining the smooth experience, gdpr, article 13, you name it, we’re just getting started. This will get much, much worse in the future. The worst laws are those that apply to anything involving money, that’s where you can get decades in prison, sometimes even life sentence. Want to run an exchange on maid while ignoring KYC? Good luck with that, you’ll need it.
How do you even abide to the article 13 regulations on your safe website? Approving/rejecting every new submission is an infeasible task even for giants such as youtube and google who has already built specialized AI robots for filtering. For individuals like you and me, it’s completely impossible to keep up.
The only solution I see is that you must be in a situation where you cannot comply, even if you want to. But none of the solutions I have proposed seems sufficient. Am I missing any?
I’d love to hear your opinions. Do we simply have to suck it up and accept all the ever increasing laws on free speech and free trade or do we become disobedient and live life as criminals? Is there other solutions? Is there any way to run a website on maid without censorship while also not being responsible?