MPAA has tried to make almost this same case and has failed a couple times.
When you buy Congress (and threaten Congress
), people notice.
It makes people think "What an asshole!".
Ordinarily most of us would probably be sympathetic. SOPA itself is evidence of assholiness. It was over the top.... something some asshole would write and certainly something Congress would have to be paid to pass. It follows a bunch of other laws that were obviously bought.
I'm not sure which is more expensive. The pirates or the self inflicted public relation problem caused by trying to interfere with every technological innovation since the tape deck.
Not that it helped them. You'd think after VCR's they would have learned. You'd think this "asked and answered" question before the court would tell them to leave it alone and not waste court time with frivolous lawsuits. You'd think they would have learned faster from their highly unprofitable exploit suing kids.
It makes us think "What a bunch of assholes". The public views them as lawyers of the worst kind, not advocates of the performers they represent.
These guys have really made an art out of being disliked. So disliked they can't even buy Congress. Hell... even the dread oil companies can buy Congress.
For now, the server rule still applies. This case has been asked and answered. You can probably link anything you want providing that indexing copyrighted content isn't your primary business and that you are not paying people (like Megaupload) to make illegal posts.
Basically, if you aren't a crook, you're probably ok.
From a moral standpoint? Aren't you on the wrong side of the fence if you are linking illegal content?