As a Canadian, there's an unfortunate reality that we are forced to accept: sometimes, we get the short end of the stick. We are used to feeling disappointed when we find out that a website won't ship to our glorious country. But times are changing, and major brands, companies, and stores are considering their Canadian customers.
Recently, a very senior marketing professional who works at one of the world's largest corporations was recounting a story of how they saw a postal truck outside of their corporate head offices in Silicon Valley, and every single parcel that was being offloaded from this truck was from Amazon. He thought to himself: "This is the what retail looks like in 2012."
How would you feel if mall security cameras didn't simply monitoring you for stealing, but instead kept tabs on the specific brands, styles, colours and sizes of clothes you tried on, the magazines you leafed through at newsstands, what you ordered from the food court, and everything you actually bought during your visit?
Stop Online Piracy Act's potential impact on the Internet is enormous as it cuts across the lifeblood of the Internet in the effort to target websites that are characterized as being "dedicated to the theft of U.S. property." Experts believe this standard could capture hundreds of legitimate websites and services.