Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Quick Post In Support Of The Internet

By now many people have probably realized that a lot of websites are "blacked out" today in protest of a bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which would hold accountable any website, company, host, etc for the use and/or distribution of copyrighted material such as pictures, sounds, and more. Obviously we'd all love to keep the Internet a free domain for creative thought, and keep it so information can be disseminated freely to the world. Sadly, some media companies see it differently.

The MPAA, Hollywood, record labels, and other organizations have lobbied congress with millions of dollars in order to have them craft a TRAVESTY of a bill that would basically end the Internet as we know it. And I'm not even being dramatic. The bill would change the way bloggers blog, how news organizations report, would trash our judicial system with thousands of infringement cases, and the lives of mostly innocent adults, teenagers, and kids put into jeopardy for something as simple as a re-tweet, or Facebook post.

To put it bluntly, SOPA must NEVER happen.

Currently the White House is saying that it will veto the bill, and Congress seems to have gotten the message that this is something the USA and it's citizens will not stand for. But the bill is still being 'kicked around the office' so-to-speak, and the danger of its passage is anything but over.

How can you help fight the bill? Visit Wikipedia.org and give them your ZIP code, they will point you to a petition that you can sign and send to your local and state representatives. Make your voice heard, keep the Internet free, and excersize your freedom to dissent!

As an Internet engineer and avid blogger, this issue is near and dear to my heart. The Internet is one hell of an invention, and the only thing I'd like to see in regards to changing it, is increasing the services it provides to the world, not the other way around. STOP SOPA, WRITE YOUR REP!

1 comment:

  1. The power behind this horrible law is staggering and it needs to be fought outside as well as inside the USA. In the USA this rule can be vetoed for now as it breaches the bill of rights but the powers that be are pushing it via trade agreements to countries without similar protection. Once it becomes law overseas it effectively also becomes law In USA by proxy. A year ago the directors of Megaupload that live in New Zealand could not of been touched as no law on such things existed here so no judge would of signed extradition. NZ want to trade with USA so had to put the law in place that allowed these people to be tried. Our judges are independent so its still possible that they will veto the law and release them but dont hold your breath on this one

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